The Centre for Criminal Appeals dedicates its practice to challenging unsafe convictions and unjust sentences. The ATJF awarded the Centre £10,000 in order for appellant prisoners to gain access to trial transcripts, which are usually unaffordable due to the high rates of private transcription companies. A case that benefitted greatly from this increase in funding involved Mr X, a self-represented, vulnerable person serving a sentence of 30 years. The centre obtained trial recordings and had them transcribed by a team of five volunteers. The recordings revealed the disadvantage suffered by this wrongfully convicted prisoner, due to his lack of formal education and the absence of a legal professional at his trial.
Release provides legal advice, assistance and representation to people who engage with drug and/or alcohol treatment. They aim to assist at least 100-120 individuals during the year in over 300 client sessions. They help to resolve issues around debt, benefit payments and housing to create more stable living conditions for their clients
The Access to Justice Foundation, PO Box 64162, London WC2A 9AN. DX 234 London Chancery Lane. The Access to Justice Foundation is a company limited by guarantee (No. 6714178) and a registered charity (No. 1126147). Registered office: The National Pro Bono Centre, 48 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1JF.
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