Law Commission summary issues paper on criminal appeals

Closed 30 Nov 2023

Opened 27 Jul 2023


This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales.

The Law Commission is conducting a review of the law governing appeals in criminal cases and considering the need for reform with a view to ensuring that the courts have powers that enable the effective, efficient and appropriate resolution of appeals. The review will be particularly concerned with inconsistencies, uncertainties and gaps in the law.

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We recommend that consultees read the summary of the issues paper here before responding to the consultation. The full issues paper is also available here. Consultees do not need to answer all the questions if they are only interested in some aspects of the consultation.

About the Law Commission: The Law Commission is a statutory body, created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 (“the 1965 Act”) for the purpose of promoting the reform of the law. It is an advisory Non Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). The Law Commission is independent of Government. For more information about the Law Commission please click here.

Responses to this consultation: We may publish or disclose information you provide us in response to this consultation, including personal information. For more information on how we consult and how we may use responses to the consultation, please see pages i and ii of the issues paper. For information about how we handle your personal data, please see our privacy notice


  • Citizens
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Charities
  • Government departments
  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary
  • Police and law enforcement professionals
  • Media


  • Criminal justice