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Senior Partner comments on Not Proven verdict abolition proposal

Senior partner David McKie has questioned the proposal to abolish the Not Proven verdict announced today by the Scottish government and is quoted extensively in the media:

David commented:

“The ‘not proven’ verdict has been a vital cornerstone of the Scottish justice system for centuries. It is grounded in ensuring a fundamental pillar of the trial process – that the Crown proves its case beyond reasonable doubt.

“I see no reason to abolish the verdict and am concerned at what appears a further erosion of the rights of an accused person in this country. A judge or a jury is perfectly capable of understanding the distinction in each case and to reach a verdict based on the unique circumstances they face. I am not convinced this will do anything to help victims or complainers at all.”