miscarriage of justice

noun
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of miscarriage of justice

: an outcome in a judicial proceeding that is unjust; especially : 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.

First Known Use of miscarriage of justice

1819

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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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