Miscarriages of justice: what can we learn?

Becky Milne, S. Poyser, T. Williamson, S. Savage

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


This chapter will consider miscarriages of justice primarily in the United Kingdom and the response by its government and criminal justice agencies. We will examine: • what constitutes a miscarriage of justice; • concerns about police competence in criminal investigations; • the over-reliance on confession evidence in adversarial systems of justice; • UK legislation regulating custodial questioning; • the new genre of miscarriages in the UK: witness interviewing practices; • factors contributing to miscarriages of justice in the USA; • USA/UK responses to miscarriages of justice; • opportunities for greater involvement of forensic psychologists in the future to minimise miscarriages of justice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic psychology: concepts, debates and practice
EditorsJ. Adler, J. Gray
Place of PublicationCullompton
PublisherWillan Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781843929307
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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