The Miscarriage Of Justice Is Defined As A Failure Of A Court Or Judicial System

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Introduction
Miscarriage of justice is defined as a failure of a court or judicial system to attain the ends of justice, especially one that results in the conviction of an innocent person (Oxford University Press, 2015).

One example of this is the McLeod-Lindsay Case as Alexandra McLeod-Lindsay was convicted of the attempted murder of his wife in 1964 in New South Wales, Australia and was pardoned on the 21st of August 1991. On the 15th of September 1964 Pamela Frances McLeod-Lindsay was viciously assaulted with a steel bar, which resulted in her being greatly disfigured, suffering brain damage and losing sight of one eye. Alexandra McLeod-Lindsay was sent to eighteen years hard labour.

This report will analyse the role, principles and responsibilities of the Investigators in the McLeod-Lindsay case, it will describe how the legal boundaries and operational requirements were applied and detailing the legal procedures that were applied. Also including evidence and factors that brought about the pardon and the problems that the case highlights for the adversary system and its use of evidence.

Roles, Principles and Responsibilities of the Investigator
According to Victoria Police (2015) the role, principles and responsibility of the investigators and detectives is to investigate reported crime and suspected criminal activity. They do this by:
- Gathering evidence and linking evidence to the crime and offender
- Take reports and statements from victims of and witnesses…
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