6. Scots & English Law: Differences

Examples of differences between Scots and English law include:

  • 15-member jury in Scots criminal trials instead of 12;
  • Absence of right to jury trial in Scotland;
  • Scots third verdict of ‘not proven’;
  • Requirement of corroboration in Scots criminal cases;
  • Age of majority is 16 in Scotland instead of 18;
  • Unlawful to write a child out of a will entirely in Scotland;
  • A contract to buy a house/land is binding in Scotland;
  • Both jurisdictions have separate legal professions.

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