Criminal Convictions Unit

The Criminal Convictions Unit began life as Scotland’s first campus-based Innocence Project, set up in 2007-08 by Dr. Eamonn O’Neill, Director of the MSc. in Investigative Journalism at Strathclyde.

The University of Strathclyde Law Clinic works in partnership with the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (MOJO) to investigate potential miscarriages of justice. 

This collaboration provides thorough investigations into potential miscarriages of justice, with a view to supporting applications to the Scottish Criminal Case Reviews Commission.

In order to achieve this, the Criminal Convictions Unit provides volunteer students to our partner organisation, MOJO, who are often the last resort for those who have been convicted but maintain their innocence but have often exhausted the ordinary appeals process. 

Eligible cases for review are those which concern claims of genuine factual innocence. Examples of factual innocence are eyewitness misidentifications, inaccurate forensic evidence or false confessions.

Our aim is to identify and correct miscarriages of justice through structured investigations whilst providing support for our clients.

Our team of 7 students work on their cases at least one full day per week and collaborate with other MOJO volunteers.

For more information on the project or any other aspect of the Law Clinic, please email: lawclinic@strath.ac.uk.