Monday, August 20, 2012

South Australia: Prof. Bibi Sangha credited with clearing the path to wrongful convictions. Flawed forensic evidence targeted. Flinders U.

STORY: "Clearing path to wrongful convictions" published by Flinder's University on July 31, 2012.

South Australia is set to overhaul its criminal appeals process for the first time in almost a century, thanks in part to research and advocacy by Flinders law lecturer Ms Bibi Sangha. A Legislative Review Committee has made a recommendation to set up a new statutory right of appeal that will enable prisoners with evidence of a wrongful conviction to directly approach the courts. It was a 2010 book written by Ms Sangha, Dr Bob Moles and Professor Kent Roach on unjust convictions stemming from flawed forensic evidence that first prompted Ann Bressington MLC to propose the establishment of a Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), along UK lines.........“We highlighted in our book and in our submission to the inquiry that a common cause of wrongful convictions is the admission of unreliable forensic evidence,” Ms Sangha said. “It can have a seriously prejudicial effect on the minds of jurors – and is frequently not sufficiently scrutinised by judges or probed or tested by defence lawyers.”"

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