Have a look through some of our most frequently asked questions below.
Who did the Commission send my decision to?

If you told us that you have legal representatives, we’ve also sent a copy to them.

Will the Commission make information about your case public?

No, we won’t release information that you have provided or our reasons for refusal to the press or any other third party except your legal representatives.

You don’t agree with the decision. Who can you speak to about this?

We’d suggest that you take legal advice. Our legal officers aren’t allowed to discuss the Board’s decision with you.

Can you apply again?

Yes, you can. However, if your application doesn’t raise any new matters, it’s unlikely that we’ll accept it for a stage 2 review.

If the Commission has told you that you can still lodge an appeal, how can you do this?

We’d suggest that you speak to a solicitor with experience in appeal work. If you don’t want to speak to a solicitor, Justiciary Office (tel: 0131 240 6909 (solemn)/0131 240 6912 (summary)) may be able to explain the procedure to you.

If the Commission has told you that your grounds of review aren’t “stateable”, what does it mean?

We can’t see any identifiable ground that might persuade the High Court that a miscarriage of justice may have occurred.

What information did the Commission take into account in reaching its decision?

Usually, we consider at this stage any documents submitted with your application and the appeal/court papers.

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