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Removing 'not proven' verdict will lead to more miscarriages of justice, academic warns

Removing the not proven verdict from Scots law as it stands will increase the likelihood of miscarriages of justice, an academic has warned.

Published 22 October 2019

Lawyers sound note of caution over political moves to abolish 'not proven'

Lawyers have sounded a note of caution over making fundamental changes to criminal trials following the publication of a report into jury behaviour and the use of the ‘not proven’ verdict.

Published 10 October 2019

Long-awaited findings of Scottish jury research published

Major research into how juries reach decisions and how they are influenced by factors including the size of the jury, the number of verdicts available and the type of majority required has been published.

Published 9 October 2019

Case against Scotland's third verdict not proven, say QCs

There is no basis for the belief that abolishing the ‘not proven’ verdict in Scots law will lead to more people being found guilty of rape and could in fact result in "rogue convictions", leading criminal lawyers have told Scottish Legal News.

Published 5 June 2019

Gordon Jackson QC backs abolition of 'not proven'

The Dean of the Faculty of Advocates has called for the 'not proven' verdict to be abolished and for Scotland's jury system to be reformed.

Published 29 May 2019