Miscarriages of Justice "wrongly accused" debate in Manchester
The second Justice Gap debate about Wrongly accused: Who is responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice?, part of the JusticeGap series (and published by the Solicitors Journal ) took place in Manchester last week (27/6/12). The event was organised with GCN and Pete Weatherby QC chaired the debate.
"No-one attending tonight will need to be persuaded of the scourge of miscarriages of justice," Pete Weatherby QC
The panel included:
- Eric Allison, the Guardianâs prison correspondent;
- David Jessel, investigative journalist ( Rough Justice, Trial & Error) and former commissioner at the CCRC;
- Campbell Malone, defence lawyer who specialises in miscarriages of justice and chair of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association. Campbell was acclaimed for his role in the overturning of Stefan Kiszkoâs life-sentence for murder, 17 years after his imprisonment for a crime it was later proven he could not have committed;
- Robert Lizar, of Robert Lizar solicitors. Robertâs work as a criminal lawyer has included a number of Manchester miscarriage of justice appeals. He worked with âRough Justiceâ on the cases of Michael and Patrick McDonagh and Anthony Mycock and with the journalist Eamonn OâNeill on Robert Brownâs case. He worked for Jamal Al-Harith to obtain his release from Guantanamo Bay;
- Mark Newby, a solicitor advocate at QualitySolicitors Jordans and advisor to INUK with a strong track record of quashing convictions including the well reported cases of Sheikh, Joynson, Lawless and Fulton to name but a few;
- Dr Hannah Quirk, is a lecturer in criminal law and justice at the University of Manchester. She worked as senior researcher at the Legal Services Research Centre and as a case review manager at the Criminal Cases Review Commission. In 2005, she spent six months on a research sabbatical at the Innocence Project New Orleans, before joining the Law School at Manchester. Hannah has been a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne and Queenâs University Belfast; and
- Richard Foster, chair of the Criminal Cases Review Commission representative.
A report of the debate has now been published by JusticeGap.
GCN's criminal team has a strong presence in appellate work at all levels including the Divisional Court, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the Supreme Court. Members of Chambers have brought cases before the European Court of Human Rights. A number of members are experienced in miscarriage of justice cases, especially those referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.