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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases are awaiting consideration by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and of these, how many relate to convictions under Section 32 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of the cases on which decisions were made by the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 2010 were regarding convictions secured with the aid of Section 32 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994; in how many of those cases the conviction was overturned; what was the average length of time those cases had been in the queue awaiting review; and what was the cost of keeping the prisoners concerned in custody for the period between the case coming to the Commission's attention and the review beginning.
The Criminal Cases Review Commission is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. This response is provided on behalf of the commission and based on information provided by it.
In relation to the first Question, I can confirm that at
For the purposes of the second Question, the total number of applications that the commission made decisions on in 2010 was 929. I am not in a position to provide answers to the questions asked about those cases on the grounds that gathering the precise information required would incur disproportionate costs. The commission has confirmed that in order to indicate how many of those cases were regarding convictions secured with the aid of Section 32, the Commission's statements of reasons along with the summing-up would both have to be read in most cases; even then, the degree to which Section 32 was relevant may not be clear from those documents. The other aspects of the Question as to the number of convictions overturned and average length of time that cases queued for review would each involve additional work. Information concerning costs of time spent in custody pending a review could not be ascertained until information about relevant timescales was available from the commission.