New campaign to end the not proven verdict – Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland and Miss M, the woman at the centre of a recent civil rape case, have launched a campaign to end the not proven verdict. Following a not proven verdict in a criminal trial in 2015, Miss M successfully sued Stephen Coxen in the civil courts, in what was the first civil damages action for rape following an unsuccessful criminal prosecution in almost 100 years. Uniquely, Scotland has three verdicts – guilty, not guilty and not proven. Not guilty and not proven have the same impact – they are both acquittals, and there are no legal consequences for the accused if he/she gets a not proven verdict.

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