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Miscarriages of justice: what can we learn?

ByRebecca Milne, Sam Poyser, Tom Williamson, Stephen P. Savage

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


• 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.