The case went to trial in Portsmouth on May 4, 1912, and magistrates found the charges against the mutineers were proven, but discharged them without imprisonment or fine due to the special circumstances of the case.

The court most likely felt that public opinion would be on the side of the strikers especially being less than a month after the Titanic disaster. The White Star Line allowed the crewmen to return to work and the Olympic sailed on May 15.