ROUGH JUSTICE TV

A NEW CONCEPT IN CAMPAIGNING TV.


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MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE

"Rough Justice" was a ground-breaking BBC TV series in the early eighties. It produced evidence that innocent people were being imprisoned. It helped pressure the government into forming the Criminal Case Review Commission. The originator of "Rough Justice", Peter Hill, has revived it on this site because there is still a need for it today. The films have been made specifically for this website. They are not produced by the BBC - and are not subject to the editorial judgements of any of the main terrestrial TV companies.  They are designed to be watched live on your computer. THEY REQUIRE INTERNET EXPLORER. Simply click on the appropriate link below to watch the films.

If you do not have Internet Explorer, they can also be downloaded and viewed on your computer.

 THE CASE OF THE TORTURED TEENAGER (40 mins)

This is a programme transmitted by the BBC in 1983. It is placed here at the discretion of the BBC to aid students and researchers who have reported having difficulty with the BBC I-player version. It will be taken off this site if the BBC so wishes. This is the case of Margaret Livesey convicted of killing her son.

 HOW TO CONVICT AN INNOCENT MAN (40 mins)

Using an actual case, this programme explains how the Scottish police have convicted many innocent people in the past. The Supreme Court recently expressed surprise that nobody thought that there was anything wrong with the procedures the police were using. However, the Scottish legal authorities have different views. They do not wish to change - so innocent people are still in danger of falling foul of this system. Meanwhile, those who have suffered in the past from what the Supreme Court considers is "no longer good law" are having great difficulty in getting their cases re-heard in the light of the Supreme Court's decision.

 THE HISTORY OF ROUGH JUSTICE (60 mins)

This is a programme transmitted by the BBC on April 3rd 2011. It is placed here at the discretion of the BBC to aid students and researchers who have reported having difficulty with the BBC I-player version. It will be taken off this site if the BBC so wishes. The programme covers the turbulent 25 years during which the programme re-investigated miscarriages of justice.

 BBC ROUGH JUSTICE - The Case of the Confused Chemicals. (40 mins)

Courtesy of the BBC. This is a classic case of miscarriage of justice. The only black man in a small northern town is convicted on false evidence of murdering a white girl. The leading judge at his appeal is a former Blackshirt. The importance of evidence proving his innocence is simply ignored. If this were a drama it would not be credible. But in fact it is the truth about how bad English justice can be.

 THE SCIENCE OF SUGGESTIBILITY (30 mins)

An explanation of one of the most significant recent advances in fighting miscarriages of justice - the techniques used to spot false confessions. This programme contains the only interview shot on the subject with the originator of suggestibility scales - Professor Gisli Gudjonnson.

 SECRETS OF THE GUILDFORD FOUR (45 mins)

A sensational account of the background to this ground-breaking case - by Alastair Logan, the courageous solicitor who represented one of the victims. This talk was originally given to students at the Inns of Court in 2001. It was filmed in cooperation with the Inns of Court School.

 JUSTICE IN SCOTLAND (60 mins)

An exclusive look at the new law reform initiative being formed in Scotland, including examination of three cases which have fallen foul of the Scottish system of justice. The three cases are those of Luke Mitchell, Shirley McKie and Edward Milne.

 A new ROUGH JUSTICE programme:- The case of Luke Mitchell ( 20 mins)

This film is also incorporated within the "Justice in Scotland" film elsewhere on this site.

This is the story of a young man found guilty of murdering his girl friend because of a series of unwarranted presumptions. He is currently still in prison for the crime.

 THE BRITISH BILL OF RIGHTS (30 mins)

This is an exclusive interview with the Director of JUSTICE on what may the biggest legal change in the next few years.

 BBC ROUGH JUSTICE - THE CASE OF THE MISSING MEAL (30 mins)

Courtesy of the BBC, this is the film which first brought the case of George Beattie to the attention of the Scottish public. That George Beattie still has not been cleared of the murder in Carluke is to the shame of the entire Scottish legal and judicial system - and to the the police forces involved. This film is listed here in response to public demand and for the use of researchers of miscarriages of justice.

 George Beattie - The National Campaign (18 mins)

This is the story of a twenty year long fight by a Member of Parliament - and a suggestion that a new law reform group should be formed in Scotland.

 The Defeat of Justice (The George Beattie Case - 39 mins)

This is an analysis of the Scottish judicial system and its failure to consider police malpractice.

 The Voice from the Grave ( The Tony Steel case - 14 mins)

This is the story that this victim of a miscarriage of justice could not tell whilst he was alive - how the police beat a confession out of him. This was specially recorded for transmission after his death.

Dealing with the Criminal Case Review Commission (11mins)

This is a unique opportunity to hear how to deal with the Criminal Case Review Commission in England - from  the solicitor who has had most success with petitions to it, Campbell Malone..

Taking a miscarriage of justice case to the Court of Appeal (39 mins) - by Michael Mansfield Q.C.

England's top Q.C.  talks about the difficulties of winning criminal appeals.

Interview with former Criminal Case Review Commission Commissioner Laurie Elks.(20 mins)

Preparing a petition to the CCRC? Hear from an ex-commissioner what they want from you.

A  History of Miscarriages of Justice - James Morton. (25 mins)

James Morton has a vast experience of miscarriage cases. He tells how the Appeal Court was created - and how ordinary people, particularly journalists, forced the judicial system to reform.

 


 

RESEARCH FILM ARCHIVE

 

 TOM SARGANT - OPINIONS (26 mins)

In 1984 an independent film company, Griffin Productions, made a programme with Tom Sargant for Channel 4. This is the only occasion when the most influential figure in fighting miscarriages of justice in Britain recorded his opinions for the benefit of future researchers. This programme is copyright Channel 4 and placed on this website with the express permission of the Head of Channel 4 in 1984 - Sir Jeremy Isaacs.

 

 "Panorama" James Hanratty (43 mins)

In 1966 this historic programme was made on one of the most famous cases of the last century. It is on this website at the discretion of the BBC.

 SIR DAVID NAPLEY - A TRIBUNAL FOR MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE. (40 mins)

In 1989 England's leading solicitor Sir David Napley, gave the first Tom Sargant Memorial Lecture. Sir David devoted his lecture to a call for an independent tribunal to consider cases of miscarriage of justice - prior to them being referred back to the Court of Appeal. This idea was later considered by the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice under Lord Runciman. Eventually the Runciman Commission's report helped create the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC).

This speech was the first public demand for such a body. What is particularly interesting is the variety of ideas that were in circulation in the late eighties - ideas which might today help add to our ideas on what the CCRC should be. Interesting too is the number of important public figures who attended the lecture - these include the top barrister George Carman Q.C, "Taffy" Cameron the world-famous pathologist, journalist Robert Kee, barristers Patrick O'Connor and Nicolas Blake and many others.

This speech proved to be a historic turning-point in the correction of miscarriages of justice in England.

 


 

ALSO ON THIS SITE -

 

What can I do for people such as George Beattie? Some suggestions

Cases handled by this site

What to do if you are wrongly convicted

Fair Compensation  (read this if you have had your conviction quashed and want compensation  Better still - read it before your grounds of appeal are prepared!)

Resources

The battle between Rough Justice and the Lord Chief Justice

A brief history of Rough Justice

A library of books and articles on miscarriages of justice.

This is the original official site of the Annual Tom Sargant Memorial Lectures  and it contains many historic speeches given at this annual lecture.

 

The Tom Sargant Lectures are now organised by JUSTICE

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Contact

About the author of this site - Peter Hill

peter.hill@raybrook.co.uk

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