Scotland’s three-verdict system, which includes the unique verdict of not proven (an additional acquittal verdict), has been in the docks of public opinion again. The not proven verdict has been critiqued for potentially playing a role in the low conviction rate in rape trials. In this talk, Dr Lee John Curley evaluates the not proven verdict from the perspectives of legal professionals and through discussing his findings from a recent mock juror study. Dr Curley suggests that the current three-verdict system should reform to a binary verdict system of proven and not proven, as said system may direct jurors to focus on ‘proof’ rather than on ‘truth’.
Watch the interview here: