We are a pro-bono project run by Griffith University which brings together lawyers, academics and law students to work together to free innocent persons who have been wrongly convicted in Australia. Students work under the guidance of academics and instruction of lawyers. The project is managed by a Director and an Executive Committee and guided by an Advisory Board.
We will try to assist when
- there has been a conviction and the appeal period has expired
- DNA testing may provide new evidence of innocence.
However, we will not accept cases
- that involve sexual offences where there is an admission of sexual contact
- if the conviction would be overturned through a technicality rather than proof of actual innocence
- if the claim of wrongful conviction relies on lack of intent or on certain legal defences like self-defence, provocation or consent
- if the conviction relates to fraud or drug charges
Please be aware that due to our limited resources, the large number of applications received and our strict guidelines, many cases will not be accepted.
Also note that the Project is not a legal practice, nor are our volunteers necessarily solicitors. We do not provide legal advice, or conduct legal advocacy and legal professional privilege will not attach to materials and information sent to the project. There are lawyers who are associated with the Project and we may seek assistance from these lawyers from time to time.
All applications for assistance must be in writing. To submit an application for assistance please refer to the Contact us page.