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CRIM13-315: Miscarriages of Justice


While there is no doubt that the overwhelming majority of trials produce justified convictions or acquittals, there have been a number of high profile cases where the conclusions are questionable or where decisions have been overturned. This subject examines some of those high profile cases to decipher the systemic causes of such failures through an understanding of the processes involved in the criminal justice system. This subject also addresses the roles of investigators, the media, forensic science, expert witnesses, lawyers, juries, eyewitness testimony and the appeals process to determine how these may impact on cases of injustice. On completion of this subject you will have a thorough understanding of the main causal factors for miscarriages of justice worldwide and will be apprised of the possible remedies. Contemporary responses to miscarriages of justice is also covered, such as the Innocence Project in the US and the UK Criminal Case Review Commission.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950
  • Commencing in 2023: $4,050

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the criminal justice system through an analysis of miscarriage cases. 2. Analyse and evaluate the theoretical and practical reasons why miscarriages occur. 3. Demonstrate skills in critically analysing possible cases of miscarriage of justice. 4. Evaluate how the criminal justice system can be improved in order to reduce miscarriages of justice.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?30/05/2022
Cancellation 2?06/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?11/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/07/2022
Teaching census?10/06/2022