Miscarriages of justice: what can we learn?
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.