In England do those wrongfully imprisoned receive compensation from the government?
- Anonymous8 months ago
If they take the government to court they may - but there is no general entitlement to recompense for wrongful conviction.
- 8 months ago
Nobody receives compensation "from the government". Governments do not have money. They collect money from taxpayers and spend it (of course wasting a great deal in the process). It is taxpayers' money. So if you meant to ask: "do those wrongfully imprisoned receive compensation from the taxpayer?" the answer is:
You can apply for compensation if your conviction has been overturned (or quashed) by the courts and any of these apply:
* your appeal was successful and it was submitted 28 days or more after your conviction in the Crown Court, or 21 days or more after sentencing for a conviction in a magistrate’s court
* your conviction was overturned after it was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC)
* you’ve been granted a free pardon