Proposed Reform of Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill

Proposer  Michael McMahon 
Draft Proposal

Proposal for a Bill to replace the current system of three verdicts in criminal trials with two, and to increase the majority required for conviction.

Lodged 28 June 2012 

Accompanied by: Consultation document 389KB pdf

Closing date for consultation 5 October 2012 has been extended to 31 October 2012.  Consultation closed 31 October 2012.

Final Proposal

Proposal for a Bill to replace the current system of three verdicts in criminal trials with two, and to increase the majority required for conviction.

Lodged 15 April 2013

Accompanied by: summary of consultation responses (40KB pdf)

Total supporters: 20

  • 18 Scottish Labour
  • 1 Scottish National Party
  • 1 Scottish Green Party

For supporters' names see:

Proposed Reform of Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill list of supporters (63KB pdf)

Right to introduce a Bill secured?

 Yes

Bill introduced to give effect to proposal?

 Yes

Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill