The Scottish jury study – James Chalmers and Fiona Leverick

*The Crime, Justice and Society seminars are co-hosted by the Criminal Law and Criminology subject areas of Edinburgh Law School.

In 2017, the Scottish Government commissioned the largest programme of mock jury research ever carried out in the United Kingdom, examining the effects of the three unique features of the Scottish jury system – the 15-member jury, the not proven verdict and simple majority decision making. That project, which was carried out by Ipsos MORI Scotland, Professors James Chalmers, Fiona Leverick  and Vanessa Munro (Warwick), reported in late 2019.

In this seminar, Professors Chalmers and Leverick will discuss the methodological choices underpinning the research, the findings, and their implications for ongoing debates about the future of the Scottish jury system and other aspects of the criminal justice process such as the corroboration rule and concerns about jury deliberations in rape cases.

You do not have to register to attend this free event.