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Criminal Cases Review Commission (National): Commission statement on the provisional decision in the case of Jeremy Bamber

Press Release   •   Feb 14, 2011 11:04 GMT

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has today informed Jeremy Bamber that it has reached a provisional decision not to refer his murder convictions to the Court of Appeal

Commission statement on the provisional decision in the case of Jeremy Bamber

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has today informed Jeremy Bamber that it has reached a provisional decision not to refer his murder convictions to the Court of Appeal.

Mr Bamber and his legal team have been sent a Provisional Statement of Reasons. This is an 89-page document setting out in detail the Commission's analysis of the case and the reasons for the provisional decision.

As is usual with Commission cases reaching this stage, Mr Bamber and his team have been invited to respond to the Commission's case analysis and the reasons for its provisional decision. Given the lengthy and highly complex nature of the case, we have given Mr Bamber and his team three months in which to respond to our provisional decision (usually the period for a case of this type is 40 working days).

The Commission will then consider whatever representations it receives from Mr Bamber and his team before making a final decision on whether or nor to refer the case for a fresh appeal hearing.

The Provisional Statement of Reasons expresses the Commission's provisional conclusions on all the major points and arguments raised by Mr Bamber and his team during this and earlier reviews in relation to the safety of his 1985 murder convictions.

The Commission is now waiting for any further submissions from Mr Bamber before any final decision is made. It would therefore be inappropriate for us to comment further.

This statement was issued by Justin Hawkins, Head of Communication, Criminal Cases Review Commission, on 0121 633 1806 or press@ccrc.gov.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. The Criminal Cases Review Commission is an independent body set up under the Criminal Appeal Act 1995. It is responsible for reviewing suspected and alleged miscarriages of criminal justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is based in Birmingham and is funded by the Ministry of Justice.

2. There are currently nine Commissioners who bring to the Commission considerable experience from a wide variety of backgrounds. Commissioners are appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister in accordance with the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Code of Practice.

3. The Commission receives around 1,000 applications for reviews (convictions and/or sentences) each year. Typically, around 4%, or one in 25, of all applications are referred to the appeal courts.

4. The Commission considers whether, as a result of new evidence or argument, there is a real possibility that the conviction would not be upheld were a reference to be made. New evidence or argument is argument or evidence which has not been raised during the trial or on appeal. Applicants should usually have appealed first. A case can be referred in the absence of new evidence or argument or an earlier appeal only if there are "exceptional circumstances".

5. If a case is referred, it is then for the appeal court to decide whether the conviction is unsafe or the sentence unfair

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