Court of Appeal considers lawfulness of miscarriage of justice compensation regime

On 9 and 10 March 2016 the Court of Appeal is hearing the appeal of Sam Hallam, who argues that the legislation governing whether the state will pay compensation for miscarriage of justice is too restrictive, unlawful and incompatible with the presumption of innocence within article 6(2) of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

 

Mr Hallam was sent to prison aged only 17, and spent 7 years and 7 months in custody before his conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal. His claim for miscarriage of justice compensation was rejected, and in response he has challenged the statutory regime governing these claims. 

 

Heather Williams QC and Adam Straw represent Mr Hallam, instructed by Birnberg Pierce solicitors. 

 

To read more please see the Independent and the BBC

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