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S5W-12631: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 10 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many cases have been referred to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission for investigation in each of the last three years, also broken down by how many of these cases referred to the High Court of Justiciary.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 22 November 2017

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) investigate alleged miscarriages of justice where an application is made by or on behalf of the person who claims to have suffered a miscarriage of justice. It is not possible for a third party with no connection to the alleged victim of a miscarriage of justice to refer a case to them for investigation.

Information on the number of cases received by the SCCRC and the number of cases referred to the High Court of Justiciary since 1 April 2014 is contained in the table below. It should be noted that cases referred to the High Court of Justiciary in one year may have been received by the SCCRC in a previous year.

Year

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18 (to date)

Number of cases received by the SCCRC

174

148

150

97

Number of cases referred to the High Court of Justiciary by the SCCRC

3

2

3

3