1 July 2020 marked a turning point in the way Aotearoa New Zealand addresses miscarriages of justice, with the launch of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
The occasion was marked with an official launch in Hamilton involving Waikato Tainui, CCRC Commissioners, the Minister of Justice and members of the legal profession.
The CCRC, an independent Crown entity, gives anyone convicted of a crime in a New Zealand court who believes they have suffered a miscarriage of justice the option of applying for an independent review of their case.
Commissioners appointed to the CCRC review cases put to it and decide whether a referral back to an appeal court should be made.
The establishment of the Commission means more resources will be dedicated to enhancing the independence, timeliness, quality and fairness of investigations into miscarriages of justice.
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