Miscarriages of justice: the role of homicide review

Med Sci Law 2011;51:63-67
doi:10.1258/msl.2010.010211
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Senior Forensic Pathology Officer, Police Science & Forensics Unit, National Policing Improvement Agency, 9th Floor, New Kings Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9QY, UK

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Miscarriages of justice within the United Kingdom have receivedmuch publicity since the early nineties and served to undermineconfidence in the Criminal Justice system. One fairly recentactivity on the part of the Association of Chief Police Officerswhich has served to reduce the likelihood of such miscarriagesis the principle of the review of major crime investigationsand in particular murder inquiries. This paper reflects uponthe possible causes of flawed investigations which have ledto miscarriages of justice over the recent past and refers tothe major academic work which supports the principle of reviewingmurder inquiries.

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