Jury Research Advisory Group meeting: October 2018

Meeting of the Jury Research Advisory Group.


Meeting on 30 October 2018

Parliament House


  • Action points from last meeting all completed.
  • Professor Chalmers and Professor Leverick met with the Judicial Institute to discuss the Methods of Conveying Information to Jurors evidence review.
  • Fieldwork is now complete.
  • Questionnaire data is scanned and fully coded and the research team is more than halfway through coding transcripts of all juries. The research team are  also viewing the videos of the deliberations and completing observation sheets.
  • Next Steps: Expect coding to be completed by the end of November then will move to stage 2 of the research, working towards having the report finalised by Autumn 2019 to then be published. RAG members will have the opportunity to comment on drafts of the report.


  • SG to feedback any comments to researchers from those who could not attend the meeting.
  • SG to arrange next RAG meeting for mid-May (proposed dates 15th or 16th May).

Attendees and apologies


Lord Turnbull

Michael Walker, Law Society of Scotland

Kay McCorquodale, SCTS

Lorraine Murray, Ipsos Mori

Rachel Ormston, Ipsos Mori

Professor Fiona Leverick, University of Glasgow

Professor James Chalmers, University of Glasgow

Professor Vanessa Munro, University of Warwick

Lesley Bagha, Scottish Government (Deputy Chair)

Karen Auchincloss, Scottish Government


In attendance:

Catherine Bisset, Scottish Government

Ella Edginton, Scottish Government

Laura McDavitt, Scottish Government

Alastair Bowden, Scottish Government



Willie Cowan, Scottish Government (Chair)

Sheriff Duff, Judicial Institute

John Scullion QC, Faculty of Advocates

Anthony McGeehan, COPFS

Nicola Edge, Scottish Government

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