The Scottish government is hosting a series of engagement events across the country to seek views from the legal profession, third sector, and people with experience of the justice system, on the findings and any implications its jury research may have for future criminal justice reforms.
Published 7 January 2020
The latest episode of the University of Glasgow School of Law podcast features Professors Fiona Leverick and James Chalmers discussing their findings for the Scottish Jury Research Project with Dr Alan Brown.
Published 20 December 2019
The First Minister is to be asked to back calls for the abolition of the not proven verdict.
Published 4 December 2019
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 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
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
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
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