The Innocence Project

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The Innocence Project Cambridge is a student-run pro bono legal organisation seeking to overturn wrongful convictions and to remedy miscarriages of justice. The Innocence Project Cambridge is a member of the Innocence Network UK, and operates as a branch of the Cambridge University Pro Bono Society.


Our team of case managers and case workers carefully research and analyse cases under the supervision of a solicitor, striving to use their legal skills to successfully appeal wrongful convictions. There is one team of students allocated to each case the Innocence Project Cambridge is working on. By individually dedicating a few hours a week the team hope to be able to thoroughly review all aspects of the case and supplement the work of the client’s lawyers to ensure that all possible avenues are explored.


One of the main aims of the Innocence Network is to educate students about the problems of miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions through investigating cases of convicted persons maintaining innocence who have exhausted the initial appeals process. Moreover we seek to find evidence that will assist the client in making an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and a possible referral back to a UK Court or the European Court of Human Rights.
Please note, we do not accept direct applications for case work. INUK allocates cases to us. Please therefore contact INUK directly with any requests for Innocence Project involvement in your case. For contact details see under the “Casework and Enquiries” section of this webpage.

INCU are grateful for the continued support and encouragement of Mark Shelley of Shelley & Co.

INCU are grateful to Mills & Reeve LLP Cambridge for their pro bono work in support of the Innocence Project.

Jones Day is kindly supporting INCU’s work for 2011-12. Please see our News Pages for details.