Preliminary date set for Wang Yam's Court of Appeal hearing

According to the listing office, a preliminary date of 19 July 2017 has been set for Wang Yam's Court of Appeal hearing.

Several matters are still to be resolved, including skeletal arguments and responses. The main participants, - the justices, court, defense and prosecution lawyers - have all said they are available on this date.

The verdict could be handed down on the same day, or it could take days or weeks. Sources suggest that a decision is likely to be made before the end of this session, which is 31 July 2017. 

The Court of Appeal hearing follows on from a CCRC decision that referred the case for review. 

Court of Appeal clears path for trial

Three justices of the Court of Appeal held a directions hearing on 15 March on the grounds and timetable for Wang Yam's appeal. 

In the first minute, the Lord Chief Justice ordered the court into closed session (in camera). The hearing lasted less than an hour. 

From sources close to the events it became clear that the defense was given leave to widen its grounds for appeal (though these grounds are not public) and that the Court of Appeal is now ready to hear the case.

According to the Court of Appeal listing office, the hearing is likely to take place this session, which ends at the end of July 2017. 

The Court of Appeal hearing follows on from a CCRC decision that referred the case for review. 

Court of Appeals Directions Hearing set for 15 March 2017

R v Wang Yam

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has listed a directions hearing for Wang Yam at 10.30 am on 15 March 2017 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

In April 2016, the case was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. In their press release the CCRC stated that:

'The referral is based on new evidence relating to the failure by police to reveal to the Crown Prosecution Service, and consequently to deprive Mr Yam’s defence of, material which might have assisted the defence and /or undermined the prosecution case.'

The hearing on 15 March 2017 follows on from an earlier directions hearing at the Court of Appeal in November 2016, during which Wang Yam's defence lawyers asked to be given access to the secret material connected with the in camera trial. Since then, the defence team has been granted security clearance and been given access to the material. 

During the Court of Appeal hearing on 15 March, it is possible that the defence will ask to widen the grounds for appeal. It is also expected that the court will set a date for the Court of Appeal review of Wang Yam's verdict, as suggested by the CCRC.