Decrease in compensation to victims of miscarriage of justice continues to drop;

In 2013/2014, 45 applications were received, five were approved and pay out was £3.5million.

In 2019/2020 98 applications were received, three were approved and pay out was £10,000.

By March 2021, 80 applications had been received, all were refused, and there were no pay outs.

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Exoneration at appeal is not sufficient to merit recognition as a victim of miscarriage of justice.

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Victims of miscarriages of justice receive no compensation, unless they are amongst the few who can actually prove their innocence beyond a reasonable doubt, and therefore most continue to suffer as that is a really high threshold.

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Not Proven Verdict

Scotland’s Not Proven verdict leaves innocent people open to “smears and monstering”, leading to many calls for the Not Proven verdict to be scrapped.

Jim Boyle spent five years in jail for a crime he did not commit but despite having his conviction quashed and being cleared in court, he has found people view the Not Proven verdict as ‘nearly convicted’

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Scottish Daily Express


Victims who are released suddenly from prison without any slow process, have severe and long standing mental health problems as well as a deterioration in their physical health. Miscarriages of Justice Organisation


Law students volunteering at MOJO gain hands on experience, as well as raising their awareness of systemic weaknesses they wouldn’t otherwise encounter

Voluntary Workers

Voluntary workers at MOJO “Encounter daily, the devastating consequences suffered by innocent victims” of the criminal justice system.


The MOJO team consists of people who give up their time and expertise on a voluntary basis, which includes qualified lawyers, qualified criminologists and law students.

Successful appeal

Individuals who achieve a successful appeal or on completion of their sentence, commonly suffer from severe post traumatic stress disorder, as well as receive wholly inadequate or non-existent support from the state. Miscarriages of Justice Organisation

Miscarriages of Justice - Stuart Gair

Miscarriages of Justice

Stuart Gair

Episode Summary

Part One – One night Stuart Gair was at home with his girlfriend and roommates enjoying a chip butty, the very next day he was being interviewed by the police regarding an attempted murder. Before he knew it his life had changed beyond all recognition.  

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Episode Summary

Part Two – Stuart found himself in prison for a crime he did not commit, but he refused to accept this and fought hard against his miscarriage of justice. But would he be successful? 

Please Be Advised – This episode may contain content that some may find distressing. As always, we advise listener discretion. This episode it not suitable for anyone under the age of 13.

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BBC NEWS | Scotland | Appeal case gay theory rejectedInnocent man jailed for 12 years dies just months before £1m compensation | The ScotsmanBBC NEWS | Scotland | Edinburgh, East and Fife | Miscarriage of justice man diesGirl Inherits £1m From Jail Dad She Never Knew – Daily RecordTWELVE YEARS IN JAIL. FIVE MORE IN LIMBO. STUART GAIR STILL STANDS ACCUSED OF MURDER , BUT DID THE LAW MAKE HIM A VICTIM TOO? | HeraldScotlandThe tragedy of Stuart Gair | HeraldScotland

An innocent man wins freedom 17 years ago, Stuart Gair was wrongly imprisoned for murder. Brian Donnelly finds out why NEWS FOCUS | HeraldScotland

‘Innocent man’ walks free after 12 years | UK news | The Guardian

Stuart Gair | Law | The Guardian

Rough Justice Victim Drops Dead – Daily Record

Stuart Gair – Evidenced Based Justice Lab – University of Exeter

Stuart Gair – Innocents Database of Exonerations

Scottish Law Reporter: Stuart Gair – a life taken by Scotland’s culture of injustice.

A Diary of Justice & Injustice – Scotland: Injustice campaign ends in death of victim Stuart Gair as questions remain over Crown Office failings

Gair case showed there’s no such thing as a justice system – Scotland – STV News

Ponsonby: ‘Ice cream wars’ shone spotlight on the system – STV News Archive

Miscarriages of Justice Organisation – Bringing Hope To The Innocent

Bitter freedom

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Glasgow and West | Man’s murder conviction quashed

Injustice for all | | The Guardian

John McManus interview: Try freedom | The Scotsman

The story of miscarriage of justice victim Stuart Gair and murder of Peter Smith in Glasgow | Glasgow Times

Scottish Law Reporter: Stuart Gair – Justice ‘must be done’ for the good of Scots law

Strange Justice


Stuart Gair’s Innocence | STV Footage Sales

Homosexuality: 13 percent of people in the UK believe being gay is wrong

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