Our cases

As an organisation, Inside Justice does not aim to reach a view on whether a person imprisoned for a crime is innocent or not. Rather, we are an investigative unit which sets out to test evidence used at trial or to uncover new evidence, which has the potential to show that somebody imprisoned for a serious crime really is innocent as claimed. Read more...

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On carefully selected cases we commission new forensic work or search for new witnesses or evidence. This is a difficult and time-consuming process. That said, members of the Inside Justice Advisory Panel have been instrumental in getting a string of wrongful convictions overturned, most notably: the Bridgewater 4 case (Patrick Malloy, Jim Robinson, Michael Hickey and Vincent Hickey), Danny McNamee, Reg Dudley, Sam Hallam, Suzanne Holdsworth, Keith Hyatt, Bob Maynard, Victor Nealon and Barri White.

When we find important new evidence, we work with barristers and solicitors (often those already retained in a case or we can find a new team) to present that evidence to the Court of Appeal or the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

In our first seven years, Inside Justice has been asked to investigate over a thousand cases. The majority of our approaches come from prisoners themselves, though initial contact is often made by concerned lawyers, families or friends.

We estimate that around 50% of the cases we hear about are sex offences. This is a particularly difficult category for us to re-investigate as the conviction can rest solely on one person’s word. Those affected in this category will often be surprised that a conviction was possible on such a narrow evidential basis and will ask us to campaign on their behalf but we rarely do so. Our remit is to investigate: to find new evidence and present it to the Courts so that a decision on the safety of the conviction can be made in the proper manner within the legal process.

We have different stages to our work at Inside Justice. All letters are read and responded to within one month. If a case fits our criteria we will ask the person in prison to complete our 1st Approach Form which will then provide us with information about the conviction and wider personal details. This can be completed by a third party and signed by the prisoner if need be. About 10% of cases are presented to our Advisory Panel, which allows us to draw on their wide-ranging expertise in the fields of science, law, investigative techniques and beyond and from this we form an investigative strategy. It may be at this point that no new lines of enquiry have been identified regardless of how deserving the case may appear on face value. If that is so we will inform the prisoner that, regrettably, we are closing the case. This is not because we believe s/he is guilty but because we do not believe there is anything we can positively do to find new evidence. If new work has been identified, it will then begin. Equally, at this stage we are not claiming that a prisoner is innocent, we have simply reached the stage of believing new work is justified.

Below is a small selection of cases which have reached this investigation stage and an outline of the work we do.

The Case of Colin Norris

The Case of Colin Norris

The foreman of a jury which convicted a serial killer has told BBC News he now believes the man is innocent Radio Leeds interview with campaigner Paul May, March 14 2016:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PIqlyHS1nQ&feature=youtu.be see:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-31021447 Inside Justice first became involved with this case when the highly experienced investigative... Read more...


The Case of B

The Case of B

Reporting restrictions from the time of the trial are in place on this case, and as such we are not at liberty to put full information about it into the public domain. At this stage all we can say is that Inside Justice was contacted by the parents of a young man who is now serving a long sentence in a Category A prison for attempted murder of a minor. We reviewed the trial papers and met with his parents. We presented the case at an Advisory... Read more...


The Case of Tony Shepherd

The Case of Tony Shepherd

The approach on this London shooting case came from a source which always piques our interest: his solicitor. The letter we received was from James Saunders of Saunders Law, a highly respected solicitor described by the ‘The Legal 500’ directory as a ‘consummate strategist... his judgment on the long view of cases is spot on.’  The letter detailed an avalanche of inconsistencies in the trial case against Tony Shepherd, an East End... Read more...


The Case of Dale Lockin

The Case of Dale Lockin

This case came to us via the prisoner’s extremely supportive and proactive family. In 2010  Dale Lockin had recently become a father for the first time and was living with his long-term partner and their baby who was teething. Woken by the teething baby, Dale’s girlfriend heard the noise of what she thought was somebody breaking into Dale’s work van parked outside complete with all of his tools.  She woke Dale and he went out to investigate... Read more...


Closed Cases

Closed Cases

Once an investigative strategy has been decided on a case our work can begin. As previously mentioned we do not hold a view on innocence but hope to conduct or commission new work which may yield results worthy of being considered in a court of law.  Sometimes, the results we achieve do not exculpate a prisoner but quite the reverse: they go further to suggest the conviction is safe. We seek all new evidence and will not flinch from commissioning... Read more...