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SNP rebels threaten to vote against government's juryless rape trial plans

SNP rebels within the Scottish Parliament are set to vote against his government's flagship juryless rape trial plans. A handful of MSPs are planning to either abstain or vote against the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform Bill, which includes a pilot for juryless rape trials and the removal of Scotland's unique "not proven" verdict. One rebel described the juryless trials pilot as the "most offensive" part of the legislation. Concerns have been raised about the potential for miscarriages of justice and the need for proper scrutiny. Stuart Munro, convener of the Law Society of Scotland's criminal law committee, said: "We've briefed MSPs with the key information they need to make an informed contribution to this debate. I would urge them to be mindful that it is the people who interact with Scotland's criminal justice system - whether they be complainers, witnesses or accused of a crime - who will bear the brunt if there are any missteps with this legislation."

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