Scotch verdict

Scotch verdict – this legal term has two meanings:
1) In the context of Scottish Criminal Law, it refers to a criminal lawsuit, where the guilt has not been fully proven. So it is allowed as an alternative of “verdict of not guilty”. In some jurisdictions, the guilt is an integral part of the crime. So if there are doubts about the guilt, this could affect the conviction.
2) It refers to non-completed decision or sentence. So it is a defected act of justice which the parties could appeal due to process failure.

See also “criminal punishment”
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