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Assisting the factually innocent: the contradictions and compatibility of Innocence Projects and the Criminal Cases Review Commission

Roberts, Stephanie and Weathered, Lynne (2009) Assisting the factually innocent: the contradictions and compatibility of Innocence Projects and the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 29 (1). pp. 43-70. ISSN 0143-6503

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ojls/gqn022

Abstract

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) was the first publicly funded body created to investigate claims of wrongful conviction, with the power to refer cases to the Court of Appeal. In other countries, such as Australia, Canada and the United States, many regard the CCRC as the optimal solution to wrongful conviction and, for years, Innocence Projects in these countries have called for the establishment of a CCRC-style body in their own jurisdictions. However, it is now Innocence Projects which are being introduced in England and Wales to try to assist applicants who are innocent but convicted. This article reviews why the CCRC was created, discusses the role of factual innocence within this body and within the criminal justice system generally and explores why Innocence Projects are being created in England and Wales, despite the presence of the CCRC. It explains how these different organizations may work together to assist factually innocent people who have been wrongly convicted, and the role Innocence Projects may play generally in criminal justice reform and legal education.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Criminal Cases Review Commission, wrongful conviction, Innocence Projects
Research Community:University of Westminster > Law, School of
ID Code:6566
Deposited On:27 Apr 2009 11:52
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 11:52

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