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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Criminal Justice Centre Event: Reasons to Doubt

14 November 2019

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: Room 3.1, Third Floor, Queen Mary Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Northgate House, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

Reasons to Doubt Book CoverOn Thursday 14th November, at 6pm the Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University has organised a discussion of Reasons to Doubt: Wrongful Convictions and the Criminal Cases Review Commission by Carolyn Hoyle and Mai Sato (OUP 2019).

This book is based on a four year study of the Commission’s work which included interviews of staff and access to case files and the Commission’s internal guidance memoranda. It offers in-depth analysis of the Commission’s operating practices, working rules and assumptions, and how these influence its interpretation of its mandate to refer cases to the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division which have a ‘real possibility’ of success.


Event chair: Professor Richard Nobles, Queen Mary University of London.

  • 6.00 Presentation by Professor Carolyn Hoyle, University of Oxford Centre for Criminology, author (with Mai Sato) of Reasons to Doubt.
  • 6.15 Panel Responses:

    Dr Sharon Persaud, barrister, former Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission;
    Dr Dennis Eady, Innocence Project and School of Law and Politics, University of Cardiff;
    Dr Stephanie Roberts, School of Law, University of Westminster, consultant for JUSTICE on criminal appeals.
  • 7.00 Reply to responses by Professor Hoyle, followed by audience discussion and questions.
  • 7.30 Drinks and informal discussion.
  • 8.00 Close

**This event qualifies for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.


For more information on this event, please email

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