Papers relating to miscarriages of justice

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection deposited by Martin Collins, a political advisor and human rights campaigner, contains mostly files on individual miscarriages of justice. Martin Collins was closedy involved in many of the cases and the detail of the files reflect that; in other cases where he was not closely involved files contain summary details of cases only. There are also files relating to legal and political issues relating to miscarriages of justice; and files of press cuttings relating to Northern irish policy from 1977-2004.

Administrative / Biographical History

Martin Collins works in parliament as an advisor for both the Federation of Irish Societies and the Agreed Ireland Forum. He previously worked with Kevin McNamara MP for Hull North from 1966-1974 then Hull Central 1974-1983 followed by a return to Hull North 1983-2005. More recently, Martin Collins worked with Joe Benton MP for Bootle in Merseyside as a research assistant. He currently works for Chris Ruane, MP for the Vale of Clwyd and provides secretarial support for the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain. He has written articles for the Irish post and British and Irish Human Rights Centre where he was Director.

Arrangement

U DMQ/1 Files relating to individual miscarriages of justice

U DMQ/2 Files relating to legal and political issues

U DMQ/3 Files relating to Northern Ireland policy

Conditions Governing Access

Some files within U DMQ/1 contain personal sensitive information and are not available for public inspection for 75 years. This is in accordance with Section 1 (Principles 1,2 and 7) of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Custodial History

The records were deposited in December 2006

Related Material

Records of Liberty (relating to miscarriages of justice) [U DCL]

Records of Chris Mullin relating to miscarriages of justice [U DMU]

Records of Justice (British Section of the International Commission of Jurists) [U DJU]

Records of Kevin McNamara, MP (relating to Northern Ireland) [U DMC]

Records of Clive Soley, Lord Soley (relating to Northern Ireland) [U DCS]

Martin Collins has deposited material in other record offices, including the Women's Library (material relating to Irish women), the National Cartoon Library (political cartoons) and the Linen Hall Library in Belfast (papers relating to the Labour Party in Northern Ireland).