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The Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association was formed in 2002 with a view to promoting better representation for those persons seeking to appeal their convictions and sentences. CALA is a member of the court user group at the Royal Courts of Justice and provides a forum for those interested in appellate issues. The group organises conferences for lawyers, academics and others interested in appeal issues; and contributes to relevant policy development through contribution to consultations and liaison with legal agencies.
Our members undertake appellate work both under the various legal aid schemes which are available and on a privately funded basis for advice on appeals against conviction, sentence and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. CALA does not guarantee the quality of work of any of its members but those choosing to be a member of CALA show by that membership a commitment to appellate work.
Anyone can register to be a user of this site which will give limited access to discussion forums. However, those wishing to register as members will be given full access to the site and will also qualify for reduced price entry to the conference which attracts CPD points for both solicitors and barristers. Membership runs from January to December