Criminal justice watchdog opens door to next Board meeting

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The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is inviting members of the public to its third annual Open Board meeting on Tuesday 29th November, 2022. The public Board meeting will take place via Zoom and is expected to last from 10:30am until 12:30pm.

The invitation is open to everyone including stakeholders, legal professionals, the press and the general public.

Chairman Helen Pitcher OBE said:

“We’re issuing an open invitation to everyone to observe our Board in action. Transparency is important to us and we want people to know about our work. Inviting everyone to observe our Board meeting not only helps us to share the inner workings of the CCRC, but it also gives you an insight to the breadth of our work and some of challenges we face, too.”

Joining details:

In order to observe the Board meeting you will need a device – a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet – on which you can access Zoom (download is free via a “Zoom app” Google search) and a good connection to the internet, preferably wi-fi.

Shortly before 10:30am on 29th November, 2022 the meeting will be accessible using this link (copy and paste into a vacant browser window):

Passcode: 767893

In case of difficulties accessing the meeting, please contact

Minutes of the meeting

Board minutes of this meeting will be published on the CCRC’s website at a later date. The event will also be audio recorded. The minutes of past Board meetings, including the Open Board meeting held in November, 2021, can be viewed here.


The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Questions to the Board

The Board cannot take questions during the meeting, but will happily respond to any questions based on the agenda items discussed. Any such questions should be submitted via email to before 5pm on Friday 2nd December, 2022. The CCRC will reply by email and may also publish questions and answers on its website. Please note that the Board cannot respond to questions about individual cases.

About the CCRC

The CCRC is an independent body set up under the Criminal Appeal Act 1995. It is responsible for independently reviewing suspected and alleged miscarriages of criminal justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The CCRC Board focuses on delivering the CCRC’s strategic priorities including reviewing business performance, financial and strategic planning, governance arrangements and risk management. It does not consider or make decisions concerning cases.

Led by the Chairman, the Board is made up of the Chief Executive, the Casework Operations Director; the Finance and Corporate Services Director; three Commissioners who serve as non-executive directors; and three external independent Non-executive Directors.

Details of the people in these positions can be found in the About Us section of the CCRC website at

There will be other people present at the Board meeting. These may include CCRC secretariat staff taking minutes of the meeting, and anyone else (usually CCRC staff) who are there to present or contribute to an agenda item.

Page last updated Tuesday 22nd November, 2022 at 1650hrs

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Published by Neil Wilby

Former Johnston Press area managing director. Justice campaigner. Freelance investigative journalist.

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