Verdicts are returned by a simple majority (8 out of 15 jurors, rather than requiring unanimity or near unanimity).  Scotland has three verdicts – guilty, not guilty and not proven. This third verdict, unique to Scots law, has long been controversial. It has the same legal outcome as the not guilty verdict, meaning an acquittal with no legal consequences for the accused. Both verdicts mean the accused will be free to leave the court and cannot be tried again for the same offence.

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