Miscarriage of Justice

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Miscarriage of Justice

A legal proceeding resulting in a prejudicial out-come.

A miscarriage of justice arises when the decision of a court is inconsistent with the substantive rights of a party.

See: error, inequity, injustice, misjudgment
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It argues that unless failings are recognised and changes made, public trust will continue to be lost, adding: "Crimes may go unsolved and the number of miscarriages of justice may increase.
The worst case is that there are miscarriages of justice, either through the wrong person being convicted or through justice being denied to somebody because, for example, the evidence wasn't found when it should have been."
Citing miscarriages of justice as regular occurrences, they describe government agencies as understaffed, underfunded, and undertrained, particularly true in the indigent defense system.
The Sinn Fein leader rejected claims the IRA has any responsibility for miscarriages of justice linked to republican violence after former SDLP MP Seamus Mallon accused terror leaders of "almost conniving" with the British government to keep innocent people behind bars.
Conservative Justice Minister Damian Green said: "The public must have confidence that compensation for miscarriages of justice is paid in a fair and consistent way.
"When people are executed by the dozen, it means that such miscarriages of justice are virtually certain to be occurring."
Redressing miscarriages of justice; practice and procedure in (international) criminal cases, 2d ed.
His case came before the appeal judges after it was referred by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the independent body which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.
In the Foreword to the inaugural issue of the Albany Law Review's special series on Miscarriages of Justice, Professor James Acker begins, "Innocent people are wrongly accused, convicted, and imprisoned in American systems of criminal justice.
The Supreme Court has allowed appeals by two men who say they were victims of miscarriages of justice and were wrongly refused compensation after their murder convictions were overturned.
Miscarriage watchdog JUSTICE watchdog the Criminal Cases Review Commission investigates alleged miscarriages of justice.
THE victim of one of the worst miscarriages of justice in British history has vowed to help free convicted mur-r derer Gary Critchley by clear-r ing his name.