The campiagn has had two magnificent successes in the Administrative Court in Birmingham. Firstly, on 9th November 2018 they succeeded intheir application for permission to proceed to a full Judicial Review hearing against the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s (CCRC) decision not to refer the pickets’ convictions to the Court of Appeal. This was the first success that the pickets’ had achieved in a court of law.
Then, on Tuesday 30 April 2019, halfway through the full Judicial Review hearing in Birmingham, the CCRC conceded the case. This was despite defending the proceedings for over a year up to the day of the hearing. The CCRC agreed to withdraw its original decision of October 2017 and to reconsider referring the pickets’ case back to the appeal court.
This is a tremendous success for the pickets and the campaign.
They face further hurdles along the road to justice. All the fresh evidence obtained to support the pickets’ case has taken years of painstaking research. It is forty-six years since the trials yet the Government continues to refuse to release documents relating to the Shrewsbury case. The 2017 Labour manifesto stated that when Labour form a government they will release all papers relating to the Shrewsbury trials.