Felicity to speak at Joint Enterprise Appeals – second of the CCRC lecture series – “Have the Courts of England & Wales lost sight of justice?”


12 July 2018


A new CCRC Stakeholder Forum and Lecture Series starting 2018

The Criminal Cases Review Commission is launching two new significant stakeholder engagement initiatives.

A new CCRC Lecture Series will start on April 25th with a lecture by Sir Brian Leveson called The Pursuit of Criminal Justice. Sir Brian Leveson is Head of Criminal Justice in  England and Wales, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and the author of the 2015 Review of Efficiency of Criminal Proceedings.

This inaugural lecture, and the new stakeholder forum, will be hosted by University College London’s Judicial Institute.

CCRC Commissioner David James Smith said “The Commission is delighted that Sir Brian, one of our most senior judges and the new Head of Criminal Justice, has agreed to give the first ever CCRC Lecture.  We hope the lecture series will stimulate wider debate about important issues facing the CCRC and the criminal justice system more widely.“

The inaugural CCRC lecture will take place at 6pm on 25 April at UCL Faculty of Laws Bentham House, and will be followed by a Q&A session. Attendance at the lecture is by invitation and there is limited availability. Anyone wishing to express an interest in attending the lecture should let us know by sending an email to: lectures@ccrc.x.gsi.gov.uk

A new CCRC stakeholder forum will meet for the first time on 25 April at UCL in the afternoon before the inaugural lecture. The forum is designed to promote dialogue and understanding between the Commission and a cross section of its key stakeholders and users.

The new stakeholder forum was first mooted in public by David James Smith at the CCRC’S 20th anniversary conference in November last year.  He said: “I hope this will be the start of a new phase of greater transparency and openness at the CCRC at a critical time for criminal justice. We aim to put the CCRC at the centre of the debate about wrongful convictions. CCRC staff and Commissioners are looking forward to engaging with stakeholders and users at the new forum and we are always receptive to ideas for improved ways of working.

The forum will be open to a limited number of stakeholders by invitation. Anyone wishing to express an interest should email us at: forum@ccrc.x.gsi.gov.uk

Commissioner David James Smith acknowledged the support of UCL in the new ventures: “Professor Cheryl Thomas of UCL’s Judicial Institute has been an invaluable academic advisor to the CCRC’s Research Committee, and we very much appreciate her and UCL’s support in hosting our new Lecture Series and Stakeholder Forum.”

  • The second lecture, “Joint Enterprise Appeals – have the Courts of England & Wales lost sight of justice?” will be given by Felicity Gerry QC on Thursday, 12 July 2018 at UCL, following the second meeting of the Stakeholder Forum that same afternoon at UCL.
  • A third lecture and forum are expected to take plane at UCL in November 2018.