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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:57 am

Top lawyer backs plans for review commission

Nov 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Radio News

A top lawyer has welcomed the announcement of an independent body to review wrongful convictions.

Labour’s pledge to establish a Criminal Cases Review Commission is now part of its coalition agreement with New Zealand First.

England and Scotland already have similar bodies which investigate cases of wrongful conviction and refer them back to appeal courts.

Nigel Hampton, QC says New Zealand can look at overseas models when establishing an independent review body.

High-profile cases like that of Teina Pora and Arthur Allan Thomas have increased calls for an independent body to be established.

Nigel Hampton says t there are several New Zealand criminal cases that would fall within such a commission.

The government has already inflation adjusted Teina Pora’s compensation for wrongful conviction.

During its term in government National ruled out introducing such a body.

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