SB 14-47 Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill

Michael McMahon MSP introduced the Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill in the Parliament on 27 November 2013. This member’s bill seeks to:

  • remove the ‘not proven’ verdict as an option in criminal trials, leaving two possible verdicts of ‘guilty’ and ‘not guilty’
  • change the rules relating to the number of jurors who must support a guilty verdict before the jury as a whole returns such a verdict, effectively requiring at least two-thirds in favour of a guilty verdict

This briefing considers the proposals in the bill along with work which the Scottish Government has carried out in this area.

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Published: 25 June 2014

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