Miscarriages of Justice in Canada: Causes, Responses, Remedies

By Kathryn M. Campbell

© 2018

Innocent people are regularly convicted of crimes they did not commit. A number of systemic factors have been found to contribute to wrongful convictions, including eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, informant testimony, official misconduct, and faulty forensic evidence. 

In Miscarriages of Justice in Canada, Kathryn M. Campbell offers an extensive overview of wrongful convictions, bringing together current sociological, criminological, and legal research, as well as current case-law examples. For the first time, information on all known and suspected cases of wrongful conviction in Canada is included and interspersed with discussions of how wrongful convictions happen, how existing remedies to rectify them are inadequate, and how those who have been victimized by these errors are rarely compensated. Campbell reveals that the causes of wrongful convictions are, in fact, avoidable, and that those in the criminal justice system must exercise greater vigilance and openness to the possibility of error if the problem of wrongful conviction is to be resolved.

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In Miscarriages of Justice in Canada, Kathryn M. Campbell offers an extensive overview of wrongful convictions, bringing together current sociological, criminological, and legal research, as well as current case-law examples.

Miscarriages of Justice in Canada: Causes, Responses, Remedies

By Kathryn M. Campbell

© 2018

Innocent people are regularly convicted of crimes they did not commit. A number of systemic factors have been found to contribute to wrongful convictions, including eyewitness misidentification, false confessions, informant testimony, official misconduct, and faulty forensic evidence. 

In Miscarriages of Justice in Canada, Kathryn M. Campbell offers an extensive overview of wrongful convictions, bringing together current sociological, criminological, and legal research, as well as current case-law examples. For the first time, information on all known and suspected cases of wrongful conviction in Canada is included and interspersed with discussions of how wrongful convictions happen, how existing remedies to rectify them are inadequate, and how those who have been victimized by these errors are rarely compensated. Campbell reveals that the causes of wrongful convictions are, in fact, avoidable, and that those in the criminal justice system must exercise greater vigilance and openness to the possibility of error if the problem of wrongful conviction is to be resolved.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.0in x 0.8in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    "The breadth and scope of Miscarriages of Justice in Canada is impressive. Kathryn M. Campbell’s extensive background in criminology adds a welcome perspective to a discussion that can, in other contexts, be overly legalistic. Miscarriages of Justice in Canada is the first book-length, comprehensive academic analysis of wrongful convictions. Several other authors have published informative books on the topic but rarely with the scholarly approach taken by Campbell."


    Christopher Sherrin, Faculty of Law, Western University

    "A valuable addition to the field, Miscarriages of Justice in Canada is lucid and easy to digest."


    Alan Young, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Author Information

    Kathryn M. Campbell is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. She is also the faculty director of Innocence Ottawa, a pro-bono, student run innocence project that assists individuals who have been wrongly convicted.
  • Table of contents

    Chapter 1 – Introduction

    Chapter 2: Eyewitness Identification and Misidentification

    Chapter 3: The Role of Legal Professionals in Contributing to Wrongful Convictions: Police

    Chapter 4: The Role of Legal Professionals in Contributing to Wrongful Convictions: Prosecutors, Defense Counsel, and the Judiciary

    Chapter 5 - False Confessions

    Chapter 6 – In-custody Informants

    Chapter 7 – DNA Evidence: Raising the Bar

    Chapter 8 –Forensic Evidence and Expert Testimony

    Chapter 9 – Conventional Remedies through the Courts and Conviction Review

    Chapter 10 – Commissions of Inquiry: Lessons Learned

    Chapter 11 – Compensation: The “Obstacle Course”

    Chapter 12 – The Impact of Public Lobbying on Wrongful Convictions: The Role of the Media, Lobby Groups and Innocence Projects

    Chapter 13: Lessons from Other Jurisdictions

    Chapter 14 – Final Conclusions

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