About CALA

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.


Our members undertake appellate work under the various legal aid schemes which are available and on a privately funded basis in relation to:

  • appeals against conviction and/or sentence to the Crown Court, Court of Appeal and  Supreme Court

  • applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commissio

  • applications for compensation for victims of miscarriages of justice.


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.


CALA is recognised for its collective experience in appellate matters as indicated by the following:-


  • CALA is a member of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) court user group.

  • We intervened in the Supreme Court case of Nunn to provide assistance to the Court.

  • CALA organises conferences for lawyers, academics and others interested in appeal issues;

  • The association contributes to relevant policy development through contribution to consultations and liaison with legal agencies.

  • CALA has been invited to discussions with the Legal Aid Agency in relation to issues concerning the public funding of appeal work which engagement is on going.


The CALA committee meets quarterly and all members of CALA are welcome to attend the meetings which are advertised on this website.


Should your firm or you as an individual advocate wish to join CALA please complete the relevant form and email it to calasecretary@outlook.com

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If you would like to join the Criminal Appeals Lawyers Association, please contact the calasecretary@outlook.com to request a membership form or downlaod one above.  The annual membership fee has been reduced to £35 for firms and £25 for barristers or freelance solicitors. .

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