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The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent? Hardcover – 29 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230219381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230219380
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Michael Naughton's timely and authoritative book comprehensively destroys the myth that the central mission of the CCRC is to correct wrongful convictions of the innocent.' Professor Mike McConville, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

'This is a timely and provocative volume, which draws attention to the limitations of Criminal Cases Review Commission and similar institutions. .. It ought to act as a useful antidote to any sense of complacency on the part of those responsible for rectifying such miscarriages.' - Professor Peter Duff, former member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission

'The CCRC is an extremely important experiment - a government institution dedicated to investigating miscarriages of justice - that jurists all across the world are following with profound interest. Michael Naughton's thorough and insightful book raises critical issues the CCRC must address, especially the apparent tendency to elevate concerns about procedure above the CCRC's core mission to find a best approximation of the truth and fairness in an individual's case."  - Barry Scheck, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Innocence Project, USA

'The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent? is a must read for any person with a serious interest in understanding what approaches may and may not work to help with overturning the conviction of innocent persons.'
- Hans Sherrer, Justice Denied blog

'The book presents a strong and passionate prosecution case against the CCRC.'
- Duncan Campbell, The Guardian

'The book may completely change the reader's perception of the CCRC via a thorough exploration of the entire organisation, its history, objectives and apparent failings. [...] Overall, the book provides a significant insight into the work of the CCRC.' - The Howard Journal

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This book focuses on the world's first publicly-funded body to review alleged miscarriages of justice, revealing that its help to innocent victims of wrongful conviction is merely incidental.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on 23 Feb 2010
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The police fabricated evidence and committed perjury at your trial? Sorry, but there is "no real possibility" that the Court of Appeal will think that your conviction is unsafe.

Anyone who has received this kind of frustrating Statement of Reasons from the Criminal Cases Review Commission will recognise the "no real possibility" conclusion, which ends with the rejection of your application.

This well-researched book tells the story of how the CCRC came to be established, and gives the reasons why it does not function in the way it was intended to function. It explains why apparently rock-solid arguments for referring a case to the Court of Appeal are more often than not flattened under the steamroller of the "no real possibility" test.

There are chapters provided by the voluntary sector, by practitioners and by academics. One chapter heading in particular sums up the effect of the CCRC in five words: "Real Possibility or Fat Chance?"

This book should be read by anyone who is contemplating an application to the Commission. It could save hours of fruitless work on preparing a case which the CCRC is bound to turn down, and could possibly help you to frame an application in ways that stand a chance of being accepted.

(Since writing the above, two people have voted that what I have written is not helpful, which has led me to wonder in what ways it falls short. The original review is as objective as I can make it, and an accurate reflection of the content of the book. If you are looking for an endorsement of the CCRC, this is not the book for you.
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