Justice on trial: an opening statement
Nearly 50 years ago, Cyril Connolly wrote that "the test of a country's justice is not the blunders which are sometimes made but the zeal with which they are put right". He was writing long before the events that were to lead to some of our most notorious miscarriage of justice cases – the , the , Stefan Kiszko – but what he said then holds just as true today.
We have just been very powerfully reminded by the case of , finally released after 27 years in jail for a murder he did not commit, that such cases will be always with us. The recent charging of 13 police officers and former officers as a result of the wrongful conviction of the is a further signal that the issue is a live one.
For this reason, we are launching , the aim of which is to highlight cases about which there may be major concerns. We aim to examine cases that merit reinvestigation and to report on developments in those on their way through the criminal justice system.
There are already many excellent projects, campaign organisations and sites in existence, and we refer to them in our directory section on the . If there are any that we have missed out – and there almost certainly are – we would be grateful for any information on them.
To mark the launch we have made a on the issue. In it, three innocent men, Sean Hodgson, John Kamara and Paddy Hill, tell our legal affairs correspondent, Afua Hirsch, of the horrific damage that a wrongful conviction can cause.
Two other films, both about individual cases, will appear on Justice on trial shortly. We have an archive of Guardian articles on individual cases. Suggestions for cases that we should investigate, contributions to the debate on the issue and comments are very welcome and should be addressed to [email protected].