Historical Convictions and Compensation: Information on Progress

The Post Office is taking extensive action to ensure that historical miscarriages of justice are fully addressed through the Courts and that fair, full and final compensation is provided.

Historical convictions

Post Office has identified a total of 706 historical convictions in cases it prosecuted between 1999 and 2015 in which Horizon computer evidence might have featured.

Post Office has continued to contact people with relevant convictions and has been able to do so in most cases. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is also contacting some potential appellants directly. But anyone who feels they may have been affected can get in touch at disclosure@postoffice.co.uk. More information about the criminal appeals process for historical Post Office cases can be found here.

The table below shows the current position for appeals and potential future appeals.

We update this information on a monthly basis. The data shown below is correct as of 4 May 2022. There have been no changes to this data since the previous update of 5 April 2022.  Please refer to the footnote references for additional information.

Convictions in Post Office prosecutions

Updated 4 May 2022, no change since previous update on 5 April 2022.

Total relevant convictions (1999 – 2015) [1]
706 
Number of completed appeal cases [2]
100 
   
Number of convictions overturned [3]
72 
Number of convictions upheld/ cases refused permission to appeal or
withdrawn from Court [4]
28 
Number of cases currently with Appeal Courts [5]
Number of people with relevant convictions not yet contacted - so far
unable to be located and require further tracing [6]
11 


Interim compensation payments

Updated 4 May 2022, no change since previous update on 5 April 2022.

People whose convictions are overturned can apply for an interim payment of up to £100,000, ahead of final compensation. 

Number of convictions overturned [7]
73 
Number of claims for interim payments [8]
69 
Number of payments made [9]
66 
Number of claims where offer not made [10]

 

Full and final compensation settlements

Updated 4 May 2022, no change since previous update on 5 April 2022.

Post Office is continuing to work with Government, which is providing the funding for compensation, and with victims and their legal representatives on arrangements for full and final settlements for Horizon-related cases where convictions are overturned. We want to provide full, fair and final settlements and are urging the Government, who are the funders of the compensation, to help us reach agreement with the legal representatives of the postmasters and therefore be able to make payments as soon as possible.

References

[1] Convictions in cases prosecuted by Post Office, in which Horizon evidence may have featured. Does not include prosecutions by other agencies, namely Crown Prosecution Service, Dept of Work and Pensions, Procurator Fiscal in Scotland, Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland and Royal Mail Group. Post Office is engaged with other prosecutors and has shared the limited historical records it holds on such prosecutions.
[2] Includes convictions overturned/ upheld, cases refused permission by the Court to appeal and cases formally withdrawn from the Court.
[3] The total number of overturned convictions in cases prosecuted by Post Office. This number excludes one overturned conviction in which Post Office was not the prosecutor and the Crown Prosecution Service was the appeal respondent.
[4] Includes convictions upheld by the Court, cases refused permission by the Court to appeal and cases formally withdrawn from the Court. Number does not include any cases rejected by CCRC.
[5] Total number of cases at Southwark Crown Court and Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) awaiting Court hearings/determinations.
[6] Number of people, with relevant convictions, untraceable to date and who are subject to further tracing to contact them.
[7] Total number of convictions overturned by appeal Courts. This number includes one case in which Post Office was not the prosecutor and the respondent for the appeal was the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
[8] Number of claims received by Post Office.
[9] Number of payments provided to claimants following acceptance of offers.
[10] The three cases where interim payment offers were not made related to Crown Court appeals where it did not appear that Horizon was essential to the prosecution. Post Office did not oppose those appeals because it was not in the public interest to re-try the individuals concerned (which is the procedure in Crown Court appeals), rather than on grounds connected to Horizon’s reliability. Although Post Office declined to make interim payments in those cases, these individuals can still make a claim for compensation and each case would be considered on its merits.