NZ Miscarriage of Justice Case of Teina Pora - $2.5 million Compensation Payment to Be Increased to Allow for Inflation
Teina Pora, who spent nearly 22 years in prison after he was convicted in 1994 for the killing and rape of Susan Burdett in Auckland two years before, has won a challenge in the NZ High Court to have his $2.5 million compensation payment increased to allow for inflation. See http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/338261/court-rules-for-teina-pora-in-compensation-battle
Thanks once again to Mr Bill Rowlings OAM of CLA for drawing this medical journal article from The Lancet to my attention. The article is entitled "Anchors Aweigh" and covers the issue of anchoring or cognitive bias in medicine. The concept is very similar to the phenomenon of "tunnel vision" which has often been found to be present in police investigations involving miscarriages of justice. A summary of the September 2017 article is as follows:
I was very pleased to read that the WA Labor Party State conference had endorsed a Criminal Cases Review Committee style body for that jurisdiction, similar to the body that exists in the UK and elsewhere. The issue was reported in the latest Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) monthly newsletter dated 1 September 2017. The publication stated:
I accidentally discovered today that Tasmania Police have now made available a copy of the Tasmanian Police Manual (TPM). See here: http://www.police.tas.gov.au.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/RTI-Tasmania-Police-Manual-2017.pdf
Sydney Law School will host a forum on Wrongful Conviction and Truth between 6 and 7.30 pm on Tuesday 29 August 2017. See here for more details: http://sydneylaw.e-newsletter.com.au/pub/pubType/EO/pubID/zzzz5987f0e02a253111/?aid=167f091aaec5d97c§f091aaec5d97c
I noticed in yesterday's Mercury that there is a very interesting free public lecture coming up at the Hobart campus of UTAS. A forum entitled "Does our Justice System Work? Perspectives from the Bench" will be held at 6 pm on Thursday 24 August 2017 at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay.
The Law Council of Australia is currently undertaking The Justice Project. The Council wants to identify systemic flaws and gaps in the system and also highlight what is working well. The Council is seeking both formal submissions as well as informal stories from people affected. The project will also be visiting numerous regional, rural and metro locations around Australia to gather evidence. See https://www.lawcouncil.asn.au/justice-project/get-involved
The Tasmanian Integrity Commission has recently released a 2 page fact sheet for the information of lawyers. See http://lst.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Information_for_lawyers.pdf
I recently found an excellent publication on Twitter which outlines who is responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice in the United Kingdom. See here: http://thejusticegap.com/SJ_Miscarriages_of_Justice_LOW_RES.pdf
After reading a Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson just recently (see my blog posting of 5 July 2017), I have now gone out and bought numerous second-hand Agatha Christie novels. I read every one of her 66 crime novels as a high school student. Agatha is the biggest selling novelist of all times with over 2 billion of her books sold worldwide.