Project status: Active

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The ACT Government is seeking community views and feedback on two issues relating to wrongful convictions in criminal cases in the ACT Supreme Court:

  • a right to appeal a conviction on the grounds of fresh and compelling evidence; and
  • parameters for the assessment of compensation where a person has been a wrongfully convicted.

How to have YourSay

A right to appeal a wrongful conviction due to new and compelling evidence and clarity about the right to compensation if someone is wrongfully convicted of a crime will enhance fairness and transparency in the ACT criminal justice system.

A Discussion Paper on wrongful convictions has been released and is available on this page here to support community feedback on reform to the right to appeal a wrongful conviction and parameters for the assessment of compensation.

A Listening Report on the community and stakeholder feedback on the proposed reforms was published in November 2022.


Want to make a submission?

Submission on the issues in the Discussion Paper closed 18 May 2022. The submissions are now being considered and a Listening Report on the feedback will be published on YourSay.

We will use your views to

Comments and submissions we receive from the community and during other consultations will help shape the ACT Government's approach to reforms.