The Federal Government released The Path to Justice: Preventing Wrongful Convictions Report on September 15, 2011. The Report is an update to Prevention of Miscarriages of Justice released in 2005.
In the fall of 2002, the permanent Federal/Provincial/Territorial Heads of Prosecution Committee established a working group, comprised of senior prosecutors and police officers from across the country to address wrongful convictions. The mandate of the working group was to develop a list of best practices to assist prosecutors and police in better understanding the causes of wrongful convictions and to recommend proactive policies, protocols and educational processes to guard against future miscarriages of justice.
One of the recommendations of the 2005 Report was that the working group conduct a full review of the Report’s findings five years after the Report’s release.
The 2011 Report canvasses the latest information on the most important causes of wrongful convictions as described in the 2005 Report. The new Report also highlights the efforts to implement the 2005 recommendations.
The Path to Justice: Preventing Wrongful Convictions - Fall 2011
Report on the Prevention of Miscarriages of Justice - 2005