England, Wales & and Northern Island have had a CCRC since 1997, and Scotland since 1999. Those Commissions have operated very successfully and at remarkably low cost. In 2005 Sir Thomas Thorp published a report concluding that New Zealand too needs a fully independent authority to deal with claimed miscarriages of justice. That proposal has been supported by the Chief Justice, Crown Law Office, New Zealand Law Society, Auckland District Law Society, Criminal Bar Association, and the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. It’s high time the politicians got on with it.
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