Not Proven

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It was probably foreseeable that the 'not proven' verdict would go. While not all of the reasons for getting rid of it are cogent, we have to accept that it will be consigned to legal history. However, an important point is what will replace it. There may be an attraction to adopting the English ter

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Scotland's third verdict is a step closer to being consigned to history following the publication of a new report. An analysis report on a consultation on reform of 'not proven' received 200 responses from the public, legal sector and others.

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A Scottish government consultation seeking views on Scotland’s not proven verdict and related reforms closes this Friday. The consultation is gathering opinions from the public, as well as the legal sector, third sector, and those with direct experience of the justice system.

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Douglas J. Cusine highlights a worrying bias in the Scottish government's consultation on the 'not proven' verdict, which sits alongside its botched consultation on the reform of legal regulation. As was mentioned in Scottish Legal News in December, the Scottish government is consulting on the &ldqu

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Kenny MacAskill has said the Scottish government must “come clean” over whether it was allowing prosecutors and women's groups to lay the ground for radical reform of the justice system as senior legal figures continue to insist on juryless trials. Mr MacAskill wrote to Justice Secretary

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The Scottish Conservatives have launched a consultation for their 'Victims Law', which aims to "put victims of crime at the heart of Scotland’s justice system". The member’s bill, introduced by Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Jamie Greene MSP, would abolish 'not proven', and full

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Responding to the launch of the Scottish government’s consultation on Scotland’s three verdicts, the Law Society of Scotland has said that the fundamental principles of Scots criminal law must be maintained in any future considerations for change. Debbie Wilson, convener of the Law Socie

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A consultation seeking views on Scotland’s 'not proven' verdict and related reforms has opened. The consultation on Scotland’s unique three-verdict system will gather opinions from the public, as well as the legal sector, third sector, and those with direct experience of the justice syst

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Dear Editor, In an effort to contribute to the debate on the 'not proven' verdict may I make a simple point which I have not yet seen reflected in any discussion on the matter.

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The Scottish Law Agents’ Society has backed the preservation of the 'not proven' verdict, arguing that the case for its abolition has not been substantiated. Andrew Stevenson, secretary of SLAS, said the organisation's council supports retention of the verdict because it is "logical".

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Scots lawyers would like the 'not proven' verdict preserved whether Scotland adopts a two or three verdict system, a survey by the Law Society of Scotland has found. The survey – the majority of whose respondents were civil practitioners – asked about the need for change in the context o

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In the 53rd and bonus addition to the jurisprudential primer series, Kapil Summan discusses the debate around the 'not proven' verdict and the views of its supporters and detractors. Thanks are due to Benjamin Bestgen and Dr Brian Barry, of Technological University Dublin, with whom the author had u

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