Dowsett v Criminal Cases Review Commission: Admn 8 Jun 2007

The claimant had been convicted in 1993 of involvement in a murder. He had complained that the police had failed to disclose material which would have been of assistance to him. He had requested the Commission to take examine and pursue his appeal. Material had been examined for which public interest immunity was sought. Having succeeded at the European Court of Human Rights, he argued that the Commission was obliged to take his case forward.
Held: Not every breach of Article 6 will make a conviction unsafe. The nature of the breach and the facts of the case must in every case be analysed. In this ccase, the Commission was plainly entitled to reach the view that it did and so to refuse to refer. In any event late disclosure before an earlier appeal had allowed the defect to be cured.
Laws LJ, Mitting J
[2007] EWHC 1923 (Admin)
Criminal Appeal Act 1995, European Convention on Human Rights 6
England and Wales
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Updated: 04 February 2021; Ref: scu.258795