Updated: Feb 25
We think about miscarriages of justice as a rare occurrence, but with the increasing number of these cases receiving prominent coverage, it has come to our attention that this is simply not the case.
Michael Naughton, The Guardian, writes "The Lord Chancellor's Department's statistics on successful appeals against criminal conviction show that in the decade 1989-1999 the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) abated over 8,470 criminal convictions - a yearly average of 770. In addition, there are around 3,500 quashed criminal convictions a year at the Crown Court for convictions obtained at the magistrates' courts."
These figures show the normality of such a situation as an everyday feature of the justice department.
A recent case has seen a 22 year old student go on trial facing 12 counts of sexual assault and rape. The accused spent two years on bail and endured a three-day trial before it was found his supposed victim had been pestering him for casual sex. The accused now becomes the victim. Where is his support? What help can he get? How can he make all the terrible news stories about him go away? The newspapers do not retract their stories and remove them from the internet. Social media sites do close accounts and groups that are harming these victims.
There are support groups and organisations available to help those who are suffering a miscarriage of justice. Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers is an organisation offing support for victims and providing advice where possible. CrowdJustice is an organisation offering funding for the defence of a person wrongly accused. Falsely Accused Law have specialist lawyers to defend your case.