Ruling against two men means not everyone who is wrongly jailed is entitled to a payout

Not all victims of miscarriages of justice are entitled to compensation, the supreme court has ruled, denying appeals by two men who spent a total of 24 years in jail for crimes of which they have been cleared.

By a majority of five to two, the justices declared it should not be surprising that there is a difference between conclusions reached in criminal and civil proceedings.

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