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Criminal Conviction Review Commissions: International Models for Reviewing Claims of Wrongful Conviction 


Sept 23, 2021


12:30 – 2pm (PT) 

The investigation into and identification of wrongful convictions has grown exponentially in the last 20 years. Historically, the wrongly convicted in Commonwealth jurisdictions have relied on their governments to review their convictions and send their cases back to the courts to seek relief. Challenges including funding, delay, and lack of transparency have led some of these jurisdictions to create independent bodies to conduct these conviction reviews to determine whether a conviction might have resulted in a miscarriage of justice and to send these cases back to the courts for a final decision.

In this 1.5hr webinar, you will hear from representatives of criminal case review commissions in England, Scotland and New Zealand to hear why their commissions were established, how they operate and the challenges they encounter.

Please join us to hear from the following esteemed guests:
Colin Carruthers, QC, Chief Commissioner, and Tim McKinnel, Investigations and Review Manager: New Zealand Criminal Case Review Commission
Michael Walker, Head of Casework: Scotland Criminal Case Review Commission
Karen Kneller, Chief Executive and Linda Lee, Commissioner: Criminal Cases Review Commission (England, Wales, Northern Ireland).

This webinar is co-organized with Innocence Canada, the UBC Innocence Project and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR).  Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1.5hrs of CPD with LSBC. 



Conviction Integrity Units (CIUs): The Evolving Role of US Prosecutors in Uncovering Wrongful Convictions 


Sept 29, 2021


12:30 – 2pm (PT) 

Wrongful convictions have garnered a great deal of recent attention in the media and within the criminal justice system. In response, a growing number of District Attorney Offices are investing in the development and implementation of Conviction Integrity Units to re-examine questionable convictions and guard against errors in prosecutions. The design, mandate, implementation and reach of CIUs varies from one US jurisdiction to another. The implementation of some CIUs, particularly those situated in highly charged and/or adversarial environments, may be more constrained, complex and challenging, whereas others may be better resourced and able to extend case review beyond wrongful convictions with the assistance of an expansive staff and investigative resources.

Co-organized by Innocence Canada, the UBC Innocence Project and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy (ICCLR), this 1.5hr webinar will explore the roles, responsibilities, opportunities and challenges that CIUs face in the evolution of combatting wrongful convictions. Hear about the practical issues that US prosecutors face in evaluating, investigating, and responding to innocence claims and learn more about the ethical considerations that arise for the prosecution in handling wrongful conviction cases.

The distinguished faculty of this program represent several of the leading CIUs in the United States. We are pleased to have as guests the following panelists:
CIU Director Patricia Cummings of the Philadelphia (PA) District Attorney’s Office;
Mark Hale (recently retired) CIU Director of the Brooklyn (NY) District Attorney’s Office;
Martha Carillo, CRU Deputy in Charge of the Los Angeles (CA) District Attorney’s Office; and
Assistant State Attorney and CRU Founder, Arielle Demby Berger of the Broward County (FL) State Attorney's Office. 

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1.5hrs of CPD with LSBC. 

 Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4516298232747/WN_4fd8iispSrWX845js7GNtA 

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