The BoH Innocence Initiative at RMIT

The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT is a collaboration between academics, university students and lawyers who investigate claims of wrongful conviction, work to achieve the exoneration and release of ‘convicted innocents’, conduct research and campaign for the reform of issues that may lead to such miscarriages of justice. The Initiative provides assistance on a pro bono basis to applicants who claim they are factually innocent of a criminal offence for which they were convicted. The Initiative is supported by joint patrons The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, and an Executive Reference Group of leading Victorian criminal justice professionals.

Student Participation

Under the supervision of lawyers, field experts, and initiative staff from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, students research and investigate claims of wrongful conviction, determine the merits of the claims including whether there is new evidence of innocence, work to obtain the exoneration and release of persons who have been wrongfully convicted, and generally raise awareness about aspects of unfairness in the criminal justice system and the remedies available to redress the unfairness.

The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative is multi-disciplinary and is open to undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students from across the University. Students do not need to have legal skills or legal knowledge to participate in the Initiative as training is provided. Students participate as part of a course of study and are selected after an interview process.

See also Wrongful convictions under scrutiny in innocence initiative.

Applications to the Initiative for reinvestigation

If you, or someone you know, wish to have a matter reinvestigated by the innocence initiative please complete the BoH Innocence Initiative Application Form with as much detail as possible and email to innocence@boh.org.au or post to:

The Bridge of Hope Foundation Inc.
PO Box 125
Southland Centre VIC 3192

In the press

See The Age newspaper story regarding the Innocence Initiative at RMIT

See The Womens Weekly article on Keli Lane's bid for freedom "Keli Lane's New Bid for Freedom"