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Video: Accessing Justice for Wrongful Convictions

Video: Accessing Justice for Wrongful Convictions(Posted on 01/04/21)

On 2nd March Inside Justice took part in Justice Week 2021 which is organised by the Bar Council and Law Society.  Louise Shorter, Damian Allain and Tracy Alexander gave a presentation on 'Accessing Justice for Wrongful Convictions' and took the audience through the work required in a real-life investigation to identify a killer, and have the murder conviction of an innocent man quashed. You can watch the presentation again by clicking on... Read more...

Members of 'Freshwater Five' lose appeal

Members of 'Freshwater Five' lose appeal (Posted on 25/03/21)

Two members of the Freshwater Five convicted more than a decade ago of attempting to smuggle £53m of cocaine into the UK have lost an appeal against their convictions. Jonathan Beere, 51, and Daniel Payne, 46, who were jailed for 24 and 18 years respectively for conspiracy to import 250kg of cocaine, had presented new evidence to the court said to show it was “simply impossible” for the men to have collected the drugs. But in a judgment handed... Read more...

Shrewsbury 24 Convictions Quashed

Shrewsbury 24 Convictions Quashed (Posted on 23/03/21)

The Court of Appeal has today overturned the convictions of 14 men sentenced for their involvement in pickets in 1972. Trade unionists who picketed during the national builders' strike were charged with offences including unlawful assembly and conspiracy to intimidate. Lawyers for the 'Shrewsbury 24' had argued the destruction of witness statements made their convictions unsafe. Lord Justice Fulford said "what occurred was unfair... Read more...

Miscarriage of Justice Database launched

Miscarriage of Justice Database launched (Posted on 19/03/21)

A database showing miscarriages of justice that have occurred over the past 50 years has been launched as part of a new initiative aimed at using evidence from psychology and data science to improve the legal system. The UKRI-funded Laboratory for Evidence-Based Justice, based at the University of Exeter Law School, is a new research group working at the intersection of cognitive psychology, data science, and law. The group’s focus is on better... Read more...

Inside Justice announces new CEO

Inside Justice announces new CEO (Posted on 11/03/21)

Inside Justice has welcomed a new CEO, Mark Lister.  Mark joins us from Westway Trust, a North Kensington community charity, and brings over 20 years of charity leadership experience spanning UK advocacy, health and care as well as international rights and development. Our Founder, Louise Shorter will now step down from the CEO role but remains firmly on team as an Investigator. Mark said: "It’s an honour to join Louise and the... Read more...

Flawed expert evidence sees murder case referred back to Court of Appeal

Flawed expert evidence sees murder case referred back to Court of Appeal(Posted on 23/02/21)

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has referred the murder conviction of Justin Plummer who was convicted in 1998 back to the Court of Appeal.  On 16 December 1998, following a trial at St Albans Crown Court, Justin Plummer was convicted of the murder of Janice Cartwright-Gilbert. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 16 years, and remains in prison. Following a detailed review, the CCRC has decided to refer Mr Plummer... Read more...

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