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Greenwich Law students launch Innocence Project
27 November 2012
Greenwich, University of
Law students at the University of Greenwich are taking a fresh look at potentially wrongful criminal convictions after setting up an Innocence Project.
This is a student-led, extra-curricular scheme and is one of only two such projects running in London. It is made up of eleven second and third year Law students at Greenwich, who have now started examining their first case.
The team meets once a week, under supervision from a senior member of academic staff, and carries out an objective and independent investigation of prisoners who maintain their innocence but have exhausted their legal appeals. Each team member commits at least four hours each week during term-time to work on the case.
The Innocence Project is led by the university’s Senior Lecturer in Law, Kristian Humble. “I have been impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment that our students have shown. The discussions we have had about the case have demonstrated a depth of knowledge about the law,” he says.
Innocence Projects provide an important mechanism for individuals who have been convicted of crimes to have their case reviewed by law students. If an Innocence Project finds evidence of factual innocence, or the evidence that led to the conviction is discredited, then an application can be made to the Criminal Cases Review Commission for the person’s case to be referred back to the appeal courts.
More than 30 Innocence Projects have now been set up in universities in England, Wales and Scotland, and are part of the Innocence Network UK.