Adams v Secretary of State for Justice

The case concerned the definition of ‘miscarriage of justice’ for the purposes of statutory compensation under section 133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

On 11 May 2011 by a majority of 5-4, the UK Supreme Court rejected the government’s arguments that only people who could prove their innocence would be entitled to compensation for miscarriages of justice.

JUSTICE intervened by way of oral and written submissions, represented pro bono by Alex Bailin QC, Alison Macdonald and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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JUSTICE submissions in Adams

JUSTICE press release  in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision.

Supreme Court judgment