Judiciary imperils right to a fair trial with renewed attack on juries

A renewed attack on trial by jury in Scotland has been met with scorn from lawyers.

Published 18 March 2021

David Lorimer: Jury centres in cinemas – the darker side

David Lorimer takes a look at the acquittal rate in last year's Scottish Mock Jury Trials and the 'Hollywood Effect'.

Published 18 August 2020

Coming soon – juries to sit in cinemas

Juries in High Court trials in Scotland will convene in cinemas to hear cases remotely in the autumn.

Published 14 August 2020

Editorial: Clive Ponting’s timely legal legacy

Even by the standards of today’s enfeebled and anaemic media, the lack of coverage of the death of Clive Ponting who passed away last week at his home in Kelso is remarkable. It is also lamentable.

Published 5 August 2020

Brian McConnachie QC hails success of first Glasgow jury trial

Brian McConnachie QC has reflected on the success of the first trial since lockdown in Glasgow, saying we must "ensure that trial by jury survives the pandemic as it survived [the] World Wars".

Published 27 July 2020

First jury trial since lockdown a success

The first jury trial in Scotland since lockdown ran smoothly this week and made use of digital technology to support a remote jury.

Published 23 July 2020

Calling all criminal lawyers: OU seeks views on Scottish jury system

The Open University is seeking practitioners' views on the Scottish criminal system.

Published 17 July 2020

High Court trials to resume next week

High Court trials will restart on 20 July in Edinburgh and 21 July in Glasgow in new formats designed to ensure a safe and secure process for all involved, in compliance with public health guidelines on physical distancing and hygiene.

Published 16 July 2020

Editorial: The threat to trial by jury in Scotland remains

It is no surprise that one of the prime aims of China’s new national security law aimed at suppressing Hong Kong’s democracy movement published yesterday is the abolition of trial by jury.

Published 1 July 2020

Lord President vows no court solution will ‘compromise fair trials’

No measure will be implemented to address Scotland's backlog of criminal cases that would compromise fair trials, the Lord President has said.

Published 19 June 2020

Jury trials to restart in Scotland next month

The first jury citations for potential jurors to be issued since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown have today been sent out in preparation for High Court trials to restart in Edinburgh and Glasgow in July.

Published 16 June 2020

Ximena Vengoechea: Why do we need juries?

Advocate Ximena Vengoechea examines the need for juries following a failed attempt to remove them from certain cases earlier this year.

Published 11 June 2020

Return of peripatetic high court?

A QC has suggested a roving High Court would be a solution to dealing with the backlog of criminal cases.

Published 3 June 2020

Lady Dorrian: High Court jury trials to restart in July

High Court jury trials are to restart in July, the Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian has announced.

Published 26 May 2020