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The failure of justice in the cases of the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four, the Maguire Seven and others in the late 1980s heightened public and media awareness of criminal appeals, a subject previously of interest mainly to legal practitioners and judges involved in the appeal process. Practitioners' guides provided information on how to appeal convictions and sentences imposed in magistrates' courts and in the Crown Court, but there was no literature which attempted a critical examination of the law and state of criminal appeals in England and Wales or any assessment of post-appeal remedies for those like the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four, and the Maguire Seven, who did not initially succeed in having their convictions quashed on an appeal. English Criminal Appeals seeks to fill this gap, and in addition to outline the development of judicial and extra-judicial remedies against wrongful conviction and inappropriate sentence since 1844 when the first bill to establish a court capable of reviewing convictions on indictment was presented to Parliament.
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Rosemary Pattenden, Reader, Faculty of Law, University of East Anglia.Review:
`This is a remarkable book ... It is remarkable for the extent, depth and quality of the research which has been done by Rosemary Pattenden.'
The Cambridge Law Journal
`Dr Pattenden's work is a meticulously researched study that now gives the lie to Professor Ashworth's claim that scholarly attention does not match the social importance of the subject of appeals...This is a good book on a hitherto largely ignored central legal topic and it can be commended
to the reader with confidence.'
Justice of the Peace and Local Government Law
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0198254059