We covered the case of Constance Briscoe, the barrister a part-time Judge who was convicted of Perverting the Course of Justice and sentenced to 16 months in prison last year.
Given that that caused the end of her career, it is unsurprising that she wanted to appeal the conviction. On 8th July 2015, we found out that the Court of Appeal refused her application. We have a fact sheet on how the appeal process works here.
From the news reports, it seems that there was possible ‘fresh evidence’ in relation to the computer evidence. The Court of Appeal decided that it wasn’t fresh (it could have been obtained during the trial) and in any event, it would not have changed the verdict.
It seems that she had already been refused an appeal on the papers, and this was the last roll of the dice. Whatever your view on her (and she was very much like the marmite of barristers), it is a very sad end to her career. And even this is a situation of her own making, it is hard not to feel sorry for her.