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Reasons to DoubtWrongful Convictions and the Criminal Cases Review Commission$
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Carolyn Hoyle and Mai Sato

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198794578

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198794578.001.0001

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Managing Efficiency and Thoroughness in Case Review

Managing Efficiency and Thoroughness in Case Review

(p.255) 12 Managing Efficiency and Thoroughness in Case Review
Reasons to Doubt

Carolyn Hoyle

Mai Sato

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Criminal Cases Review Commission's decision-making process through the lens of efficiency and thoroughness. It first considers the ‘sense-making’ process of gathering and interpreting information within the Commission and how the Commission prioritises cases before discussing the Commission's formal ‘knowledge-building’ based on expert evidence and complainant credibility, along with its cultural knowledge. It then analyses the Commission's field that sets the boundaries of the scope of organisational enquiry, the decision frames that help individual decision-makers to operationalise the concepts of thoroughness and efficiency, and the key performance indicators used to measure the Commission's success. It also explores the amount of ‘empirical’ investigation beyond ‘desktop’ reviews carried out by case review managers (CRMs) and the use of section 17 powers to obtain information from external bodies and experts. Finally, it explains how the Commission secures compliance without resorting to legal coercion.

Keywords:   decision-making, Criminal Cases Review Commission, sense-making, knowledge-building, expert evidence, complainant credibility, field, frame, thoroughness, efficiency

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