Sneddon, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Justice: Admn 6 Nov 2015

The claimant had been convicted, and served a prison sentence. His victim later admitted lying and was himself convicted. The claimant’s convictions were quashed. He how sought review of the refusal of the defendant to pay compensation. The defendant had said that the test for a miscarriage of justice, that a ‘new fact’ had conclusively established his innocence had not been shown.
Held: The case failed: ‘this is a classic Category 3 case. The fresh evidence has reduced the strength of the case that led to the claimant’s conviction, but it does not diminish it to the point where there is no longer a significant case against him.’

Burnett LJ, Hickinbottom J
[2015] EWHC 3190 (Admin)
Criminal Justice Act 1988 133


Updated: 06 January 2022; Ref: scu.554573