Three distinctive features, but what is the difference? Key findings from the Scottish Jury Project

Chalmers, J. , Leverick, F. , Munro, V.E., Murray, L. and Ormston, R. (2020) Three distinctive features, but what is the difference? Key findings from the Scottish Jury Project. Criminal Law Review, 2020(11), pp. 1012-1033.

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Abstract

Drawing on data from a large-scale trial simulation involving 64 deliberating juries, this paper outlines key findings regarding the impact of three distinctive features of the Scottish jury, namely that it involves 15 members, deliberating between three verdict options, and requiring a simple majority decision. Situating that discussion in the context of Scottish rules regarding corroboration, it also considers jurors’ understanding of legal tests pertaining to the trial scenarios with which they were presented, and explores the extent to which assumptions about resistance, injury and false allegations featured in their deliberations over a rape charge.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding: Scottish Government
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chalmers, Professor James and Leverick, Professor Fiona
Authors: Chalmers, J., Leverick, F., Munro, V.E., Murray, L., and Ormston, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Criminal Law Review
Publisher:Sweet & Maxwell
ISSN:0011-135X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Thomson Reuters
First Published:First published in Criminal Law Review 2020(11):1012-1033
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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