Innocence Canada reviews innocence claims arising from every region in Canada and specifically focuses its investigations on finding new and significant evidence that could help to advance cases of innocence. Innocence Canada’s team of volunteer lawyers review cases on a pro bono basis and work together to exonerate the innocent.
Please note that Innocence Canada would always like to hear from criminal defence counsel interested in reviewing a case. If you are a defence lawyer who has the motivation to make a time commitment for a review of one of our challenging cases, please visit our Volunteer page to learn how you can get involved.
Case Management Statistics
Innocence Canada maintains case management statistics to keep track of case progress and to monitor potential trends. Note that the statistics that follow are current to April 16, 2018. Of the 81 cases currently under review, sixteen have been adopted by Innocence Canada Board of Directors, meaning we have satisfied ourselves that the individual is innocent and legal work is ongoing.
Geographical Distribution of Cases under Review
|Geographical Distribution of Cases under Review||Number of Cases||% of Caseload|
|Total Cases under Review||81||100%|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||2||2%|
|Prince Edward Island||0||0%|
Distribution of Cases under Review by Type of Conviction
|Type of Conviction||Number of Cases|
|Total Cases Currently Under Review||81|
|First Degree Murder||34|
|Second Degree Murder||33|
|Other Serious Crimes||3|