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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Major New Canadian Report on Preventing Miscarriages of Justice

The report was drafted under the authority of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Justice Ministers, and the committe included senior prosecutors and police.  "The Working Group’s 155-page report includes a chapter on each of the issues that have been identified, both in Canada and elsewhere, as the key factors that contribute to wrongful convictions:

  • tunnel vision
  • mistaken eyewitness identification and testimony
  • false confessions
  • in-custody informers
  • DNA evidence
  • forensic evidence and expert testimony
  • education

The report concludes that a wrongful conviction “is a failure of justice in the most fundamental sense” and says that public confidence in the administration of justice is fostered by demonstrating that participants in the criminal justice system are willing to take action to prevent future miscarriages of justice."  Link here; news here. [Jack Chin].

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