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Step closer to abolition of corroboration 25/06/2013 The Scottish Government has included provisions to abolish corroboration in criminal trials in the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, published last week.

Step closer to abolition of corroboration

The Scottish Government has included provisions to abolish corroboration in criminal trials in the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, published last week.

The Bill also includes measures that will:

  • increase the jury majority required for a guilty verdict to two-thirds of jurors;
  • raise the maximum sentence for handling knives and other offensive weapons from four to five years;
  • update the law around arrest and questioning of suspects;
  • introduce a statutory aggravation for human trafficking; and
  • strengthen court powers to impose sentences on those who commit offences while on early release.

The Government has also published the responses and analysis to a consultation on whether additional safeguards would be needed if the requirement for corroboration is removed.

The consultation also asked whether the not proven verdict should be abolished – but the Government has decided that now is not the right time to consider any further change to the system. However, it has agreed in principle with the Scottish Law Commission that a review of this verdict should be carried out by them in a future work programme.
 

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