You can make an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (the Commission) and find out more information about the Commission on its website:
The Criminal Cases Review Commission Act (the Act) came into effect on 1 July 2020. It received Royal Assent on 16 November 2019. The Act establishes the the Commission and redefines the way possible miscarriages of justice are identified. The Act will come into force on 1 July 2020.
The Commission is an independent Crown Entity governed by a Board of appointed Commissioners. It employs specialist staff with the mandate to investigate possible miscarriages of justice. If the Commission considers a miscarriage of justice may have occurred, it can refer the case back to the appeal court.
This function replaces the referral function currently performed by the Governor-General, part of the Royal prerogative of mercy.
The Commission has the power to develop its own procedures to ensure it can effectively carry out its duties and functions. These procedures will be decided and made publicly available after the Commissioners have been appointed.
Decisions on appointment of Commissioners will be made in 2020. Between three and seven Commissioners will be appointed.
Several other countries have established similar Commissions, including the United Kingdom (England, Wales and Northern Ireland), Scotland and Norway. These models are a valuable source of experience for New Zealand’s Commission to draw upon.
The Commission now has its own website:
On the Commission's website you can find key information about the Commission, including the application form, how the Commission will operate and biographies about the Commissioners.
Read newsletters from the Chief Commissioner Colin Carruthers about the establishment of the Commission:
Read media released about the establishment of the CCRC:
Colin Carruthers QC, has been appointed as the Chief Commissioner for a term of 18 months commencing 1 February 2020. Mr Carruthers is one of New Zealand’s most experienced barristers, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990.
To support the Chief Commissioner in setting up the Commission, an Establishment Advisory Group was created. Its membership includes people from a range of backgrounds who will provide important expertise and different perspectives.
The Criminal Cases Review Commission Establishment Advisory Group includes:
To enhance the Commission's independence and be free from perceived or real political interference, its office is based in Hamilton, separate from the judiciary and current justice institutions.
Further information will be made available as this work progresses.
The Commission is now receiving applications. You can make application through the Commission's website:
The Commission's postal address is:
Criminal Cases Review Commission
P O Box 9168