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Two-verdict Justice System

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 13th November 2019.

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Photo of Humza Yousaf Humza Yousaf Scottish National Party

Understanding the impact of the three-verdict system was one of the key purposes of the Government commissioning the recently published jury research. Now that we have those findings, the Scottish Government will engage in extensive discussions with interested parties across the country about what they may mean for future criminal justice reforms in this area. Those discussions will include the question whether we should move to a two-verdict system and, if so, what those two verdicts should be.

I have a genuinely open mind on what, if any, further changes may be required, and I will not prejudge the outcome of those conversations.