Student Profile: Zoe

How did you get involved in the Innocence Initiative?

I remember seeing Michele and the BOHII office on ‘Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane’, late last year on the ABC. The case intrigued me, and finding out I had the chance to work on this case for my 50-day student internship was extremely exciting. I applied to do my placement here, and have been extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the team.

What do you do?

I review applications coming in, evaluating if they meet our ambit and deciding if there is a way we can establish new evidence. I spend much of my time re-investigating Keli Lane’s case, following up on new leads and information which were not established in the trial and police investigation.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of reviewing cases?

Re-investigating and discovering new information can be very exciting. However, I think the best part of reviewing cases is the fact that we are working for real clients, helping to make a difference in their lives and helping to right the wrongs of the justice system.

What are the most difficult aspects of reviewing cases?

There are a large amount of legal documents that come with cases. Reading and understanding them can be a difficult and lengthy task. However, I believe this is all good practice for a career in the legal system.

Has undertaking this internship changed your view of the criminal justice system?

My view of the criminal justice system has changed enormously. I have realised the importance of scrutiny into the trial processes. We need to be aware and critical of the bias and ignorance which often occurs in our juries, judges, police and media, which can lead to a miscarriage of justice. Unfortunately, we cannot always trust that the justice system will treat us fairly, and it is in everyone’s best interest to be sceptical and critical of the processes.