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Understanding Miscarriages of Justice: Law, the Media and the Inevitability of a Crisis

Richard Nobles and David Schiff


This book explores a paradox. In a society in which justice is uncertain and contested, how can we talk meaningfully about miscarriage of justice? The book examines the structural conditions that inevitably produce high-profile miscarriages of justice. The thesis of the book is that there is a tension between the rhetoric of justice as understood outside of law, particularly in the media, and legal practice. Despite evidence that miscarriages of justice must be a normal and expected consequence of imperfect arrangements for investigations, prosecutions, and trials, they are ordinarily understo ... More

Keywords: miscarriages of justice, justice, law, media, legal practice, criminal justice, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198298939
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Nobles, author
London School of Economics

David Schiff, author
London School of Economics