A Review of the Year in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) 2020 – 2021

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The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has published its annual report for 2020-21.

Vice President Lord Justice Fulford said in his foreword to the report: “I wish to pay tribute to the judiciary, the CACD Office (including the court clerks and ushers), the advocates, the solicitors sitting behind the advocates, the prison staff, the stenographers and the probation service for their tremendous assistance over the last 12 months, enabling the Court to emerge out of a difficult time unscathed.

“It was only because of the considerable forbearance, the largely unacknowledged labours and the good humour of all involved that we managed to achieve an impressive standard of efficiency in dealing with appeals and applications. It has been heartening to witness the wholehearted willingness to assist that characterised the response of “one and all”.

“Uncertain times lie ahead, with areas of Europe returning to lockdown as I write this introduction, but I am confident that with the kind of support we have received to date, the Court will be able to surmount a winter return of COVID, should that regrettable eventuality occur.”

The full Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) report can be read below.