Miscarriages of Justice

Bond University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Miscarriages of Justice

  • Host University

    Bond University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview


    While there is no doubt that the overwhelming majority of trials produce justified convictions or acquittals, there have been a number of high profile cases where the conclusions are questionable or where decisions have been overturned. This subject examines some of those high profile cases to decipher the systemic causes of such failures through an understanding of the processes involved in the criminal justice system. The subject also addresses the roles of investigators, the media, forensic science, expert witnesses, lawyers, juries, eyewitness testimony and the appeals process to determine how these may impact on cases of injustice.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Demostrate knowledge of the criminal justice system through an analysis of miscarriage cases.
    2. Understand the theoretical and practical reasons why miscarriages occur.
    3. Learn how to critically analyse possible cases of miscarriage of justice.
    4. Develop an understanding of how the criminal justice system can be improved in order to reduce miscarriages of justice.

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