9 Windsor Y.B. Access Just. 96 (1989)
Wrongful Conviction and Imprisonment: Towards an End to the Compensatory Obstacle Course

handle is hein.journals/windyrbaj9 and id is 100 raw text is: WRONGFUL CONVICTION AND
IMPRISONMENT: TOWARDS AN END TO
THE COMPENSATORY OBSTACLE COURSE
H. Archibald Kaiser*
When an individual is wrongfully convicted of an offence,
there are compelling reasons for awarding compensation effi-
ciently and generously. However, conventional remedies hold little
promise of relief for those who have already suffered through
the inadequacies of the justice system. Recent initiatives by the
Federal and Provincial governments are critically examined
against the background of Article 14(6) of the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights The author argues that
Canada should offer more to those who become victims of
miscarriages of justice and presents some alternative policies and
procedures which seem more appropriate in a society which places
a high value on individual liberty and the avoidance of erroneous
determinations of guilt.
La condamnation et 'emprisonnement injustifi~s:
pour une procedure d'indemnisation moins hkriss~e
d'obstacles
l y a de bonnes raisons pour decerner promptement une
indemnisation genereuse 6i quiconque est condamni ci tort pour
un crime. Malheureusement, les rembdes classiques offrent peu
de chances de redressement 6 ceux qui ont djat souffert des
insuffisances du systbme judiciaire. L'auteur examine d'un oeil
critique les initiatives rcentes des gouvernements fedgral et
provinciaux i cet egard, en confrontant celles-ci au paragraphe
14(6) de la Convention internationale sur les droits civils et
politiques. II pretend que le Canada devrait offrir davantage aux
victimes des erreurs judiciaires fondamentales, et il presente des
politiques etprocedures alternatives qui semblent plus approprides
6i une societe qui respecte la liberte individuelle et s 'efforce d'jviter
les condamnations injustifies.
* The author is a member of the Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax,
Nova Scotia. The research assistance of Glen Johnson, Rosie Smith, Sally
Hill, Paul Bachand and Tom Nepjuk is gratefully acknowledged as is the
secretarial support of Marilee Matheson, Lynn Richards and Sandra Giffin.
The article is a shorter version of the one which was originally submitted
for publication and which was also considered by the Royal Commission
on the Donald Marshall, Jr. Prosecution. Limited numbers of the original
edition are available from the author.

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