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LexisNexis UK Publishes Claims of Innocence

New title outlines the appeals process for wrongful convictions

LONDON, 25 November 2010 - LexisNexis UK (, a leading provider of legal, tax and business information and content-enabled workflow solutions, today announced the publication of Claims of Innocence: An introduction to wrongful convictions and how they might be challenged. The title is being published on behalf of the University of Bristol and Innocence Network UK (INUK).


Written by Dr. Michael Naughton, the Founder and Director of INUK and a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol, Claims of Innocence sets out the appeals process and how prosecution cases may be appropriately challenged in accordance with the Rule of Law.  The first 5,000 copies of the book will be distributed throughout UK prisons, and a copy of the book will also be sent to every sitting MP. The book emphasises the importance of the Rule of Law by ensuring governmental authority is legitimately exercised only based on written, publicly-disclosed laws that have been adopted and enforced in accordance with established procedural steps.

Dr Andrew Green, Co-Founder of INNOCENT and United Against Injustice (UAI), said: "We who have for many years tried to help innocent people in prison and their families to challenge the wrongful convictions of which they are all victims, have long felt a desperate need for a concise explanation of the appeals process and how prosecution cases might be effectively challenged. I and colleagues in innocent prisoner support and campaigning organisations welcome the publication of this book, which will be of great assistance to us and to prisoners and their families."

Tom Laidlaw, Head of Academic Development at LexisNexis, said: "We are pleased to be able to support the work of INUK in this manner as part of our commitment to support the Rule of Law around the world. We often think of the 'Rule of Law' in terms of helping create a system of law or government in countries without clearly written and accessible laws or constitutions. However, even in mature democracies, the Rule of Law still needs to be effectively upheld."

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