Reasons to Doubt: Wrongful Convictions and the Criminal Cases Review Commission

Carolyn Hoyle, Mai Sato

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This book reveals what happens to applications for post-conviction review when those in England and Wales who consider themselves to have been wrongfully convicted, and have exhausted direct appeal processes, apply to have their case assessed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. It presents the findings of the first thorough empirical study of decision-making and the use of discretion within the Commission. It shows how the Commission exercises its discretionary powers in identifying and investigating possible wrongful convictions for rehearing by the Court of Appeal. The research it draws on — a three year empirical study — comprises a mixed-method approach of quantitative and qualitative analysis of case files and aggregate data, as well as interviews with decision makers and observations of committee meetings to fully grasp the workings of the organisation from a socio-legal perspective and to understand how discretion operates at the individual and institutional level.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages383
ISBN (Print)9780198794578
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameOxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice


  • post-conviction review
  • Court of Appeal
  • appeal process
  • discretion
  • wrongful conviction
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • decision-making

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