|Over 91 Million Pounds Compensation Paid to ‘Miscarriage of Justice” Victims
Three hundred and fifty-four prisoners who had their convictions quashed were paid a total of £91,622,230.35’s in compensation from 1999/2000 to 2021/2022.
The total is much higher as thirteen claims, which the Ministry of Justice have accepted were miscarriages, have yet to reach an agreement on the total amount of compensation to be paid.
Another 83 claims are outstanding as the cases have yet to reach a decision: As previously posted, Victor Nealon & Sam Hallam, wrongfully convicted but refused compensation, have taken their claim to the ECtHR, who have referred the case to the ECtHR Grand Chamber.
Over 1,205 prisoners made claims for that period; data does not say how many were male/female. Just over a third of all claims were successful!
In 2005/2006, 31 claimants shared £14,682,776.36; in 2001/2002, 56 claimants shared £14,400,929.51’s.
Payments from 1999/2000 to 2011/2012 were £89,539,911.57, an average of £6 and a half million a year. After this 2012/ to 2021/2022, there is a considerable drop to £1,418,717 this over ten years, with no payouts in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Source: Barry Sheerman MP: Hansard, Daily Report Friday, 10 March 2023
Barry Sheerman MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department can provide data on the (a) number of claimants (b) number of successful claimants and (c) the total awarded in compensation for a miscarriage of justice in each year since 2018
Minister of State for Justice, Edward Argar: The number of claimants in each financial year, the number of successful claimants and the total amount of compensation they were awarded under the Miscarriages of Justice Application Service (MOJAS) is set out in the table below. Data from 2000 has also been provided for context.
Please note that the number of successful claimants in any given year does not relate to the number of claims made in that year. The amount of compensation awarded in any given year relates to the successful decisions taken in that year, but the amount of money should not be divided by the number of successful claimants as each award is individual to the circumstances of the case. Where an individual has been found to meet the criteria of the statutory compensation scheme, but has not yet been awarded their compensation, this is highlighted in the table.
It should also be noted that the information provided is internal management information and not quality assured to the same level as published statistics and is subject to change.