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Supreme Court affirms a positive role for innocence project investigations into alleged wrongful convictions

7 July 2014

Supreme Court affirms a positive role for innocence project investigations into alleged wrongful convictions

In a judgment handed down by the Supreme Court on Wednesday 18th June 2014, a positive role for investigations into alleged miscarriages of justice by innocence projects was affirmed and the existing rules for access to evidence post-failed appeal were improved to enable such investigations to occur.

The Supreme Court considered whether there was an obligation upon the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to provide access to evidential material to alleged victims of wrongful convictions on appeal or by way of application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).  The CCRC is the statutory, public body that is mandated to review alleged miscarriages of justice and refer them back to the appeal courts if it is felt that there is a real possibility that the conviction will be overturned.

The instant case concerned Kevin Nunn who was convicted of the murder of Dawn Walker in 2006.  He has always maintained his innocence of any involvement in this crime.  His application for leave to appeal was refused in 2007.

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