How to apply

Applications to the CCRC are usually made in writing. Most people use our application form. We designed the form to make is it easy to fill in. The more information that you can give us the better, but please remember the form is not a test so just give us as much of the information as you can. If you complete the form, sign it and send it to us, we will take a look at your application and get back to you.

Before you fill in the application form, please think carefully about whether or not you need to apply to the CCRC at this stage. Our guidance for applicants is here to help you make the right decision for you.

What will it cost me?

We do not charge anything so applying to us will not cost you any money.  If you apply to us and your case is referred to the appeal court, the court cannot add to your sentence even if they turn down your appeal.

Do I need a lawyer?

No, you do not have to have a lawyer to apply to the CCRC. If you fill out an application form and send it to us we will look at your case whether or not you are represented by a lawyer. You may want to think about finding a solicitor to help you because the case review process can involve complicated legal issues and a good lawyer can help.

Will I get Legal Aid?

A solicitor may be able to get funding under the Legal Aid scheme to help you with an application to the CCRC. You can get advice about finding a lawyer by contacting Community Legal Advice on 0845 345 4345 or going to their website at

Does the CCRC represent me?

The CCRC does not act as your lawyer. Our job is to look into your case independently. This means that we do not represent you, but it also means that we do not represent the police, the prosecution or anyone else. The CCRC is independent of everyone.