Miscarriage of Justice

Definition - What does Miscarriage of Justice mean?

A miscarriage of justice is when the courts fail to administer proper justice. A form of miscarriage of justice is when an innocent person is wrongly convicted.

Although they are relatively rare, miscarriages of justice do still happen on occasion. However, the whole purpose of a trial is to prevent this from happening.

Justipedia explains Miscarriage of Justice

If it is proven that a person was the victim of a miscarriage of justice, then they can have their sentence terminated. Occasionally, this happens when new technologies or new evidence comes to light. For example, as forensic and DNA evidence continues to improve, it is possible that this will lead to the discovery of miscarriages of justice.

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