miscarriage of justice

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of miscarriage of justice

: an error made in a court of law that results in an innocent person being punished or a guilty person being free
  • His conviction was a miscarriage of justice.

Word by Word Definitions

miscarriage play
  1. : corrupt or incompetent management

  2. : spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus before it is viable and especially between the 12th and 28th weeks of gestation

justice play
  1. : the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments

  2. : judge

  3. : the administration of law


Law Dictionary

miscarriage of justice

mis·car·riage of justice \ ˌmis-ˈkar-ij-, ˈmis-ˌkar- \

legal Definition of miscarriage of justice

: an error at trial that probably led to a less favorable outcome for the appealing party

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