This service delivers support specifically to individuals facing a miscarriage of justice.
There are two ways people who have experienced a miscarriage of justice, and have appealed against their conviction, can be referred to this service:
- Clients are referred to us by the Criminal Cases Review Commission when the Commission has supported their appeal against their sentence in the Court of Appeal. Our service then supports the client during their appeal against conviction, immediately following release and subsequently for as long as they need it.
- Clients who have served a prison sentence and are successful at their first appeal can also self refer into our service. We can support ‘intime’ appeal referrals following release.
Once referred, we provide a range of advice including:
- Finding accommodation
- Establishing income
- Applying for National Insurance credits
- Registering with a GP and accessing appropriate healthcare and counseling
Our service is free, confidential, impartial, and independent of the judicial system. Funding for this service comes from the Ministry of Justice.