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Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill 10/02/2016 The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has refused to endorse the Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill in its Stage 1 report on the Bill.

Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has refused to endorse the Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill in its Stage 1 report on the Bill.

The Bill is designed to abolish Scotland's not proven verdict and also to change the majority required in jury trials for a conviction. While a clear majority of the Committee supported the ‘intention’ to abolish not proven verdicts, it was unable to support plans to increase from 8 to 10 the majority required for jury trial convictions.

“Like most members of the Committee, I believe the not proven verdict is on borrowed time, but changes to majority verdict requirement raise complex questions that should be considered alongside other reforms, currently under consideration by Lord Bonomy,” said Justice Committee Convener Christine Grahame MSP.

According to the report, “Mr McMahon has effectively acknowledged that removal of the not proven verdict requires consideration of wider issues relating to decision-making by juries by proposing in the Bill parallel reforms in relation to jury majorities.”

“The Committee understands the reasons for Mr McMahon including this measure in the Bill but notes the opposition to this proposal that arose in written evidence. In our view, this underlines the benefit of further research on decision-making by juries before proceeding with the reforms set out in the Bill,” it adds.

The report is available here.

 

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