Jury still out on merits of not proven verdict

Researcher Lee Curley discusses jurors' decision-making processes

Date posted

1 December 2016


Controversy has raged whenever a Scottish jury has opted for a not proven verdict in defiance of popular perceptions of the correct outcome of a trial.

However, Edinburgh Napier researcher Lee Curley says it is only with high quality scientific examination that we can say for sure whether the usefulness of the verdict has been established or otherwise.

Lee, who has carried out his own experiments with mock juries, discusses the decision-making process and the pro and cons of having a 'not proven' option in this opinion piece for The Scotsman newspaper.