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Miscarriages of justice through lack of forensics resources.

(Posted on 26/11/18)

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Miscarriages of justice through lack of forensics resources.

The Lord Chief Justice has warned that miscarriages of justice may be arising because of a lack of resources for forensic investigations.

“It’s critical to the integrity of the criminal justice system that forensic investigations are conducted when they are reasonably needed,” Lord Burnett of Maldon told the Commons justice committee. “There’s a concern that simply because of the constraint on resources, there are cases which should have more by way of forensic investigation which don’t.

“That can cut both ways. That may well mean that individuals who should be convicted are not being convicted and, more worryingly, that people may be convicted who shouldn't be convicted."