Following a request from the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre and the Sheffield University School of Law, INNOCENT at its meeting on 6 April decided to suspend its plan to hold a conference on 8 October 2016. The MJRC and Sheffield School of Law presented a proposal which stated that the date was too near the beginning of the academic year for recruitment of new students to the MJRC to be completed, and they could only justify giving support to the conference if it takes place on a later date when it can maximise the benefit to Sheffield students.
While INNOCENT could organise the conference without collaboration with Sheffield University, members present at the meeting of 6 April felt that its relationship with the MJRC is of great value to it, and its conference would be of greater value to the victims of miscarriage of justice that we try to help if it is supported by the University.
Following the collapse of United Against Injustice earlier this year, INNOCENT took on the role of organising this important event. Dr Andrew Green, the current Chair of INNOCENT, has been involved in all previous Miscarriages of Justice Day conferences and is once more part of the organising team for this year’s event.
We will keep you informed of the date of the next conference. Suggestions and requests are invited from all those fighting injustice in the UK’s criminal justice system, especially those trying to help people in prison claiming to be innocent of the crimes of which they were convicted.