Review of hate crime legislation

Scottish Ministers have appointed Lord Bracadale to carry out an independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland.

He is looking at the existing offences that come under the umbrella of ‘hate crime’ so that he can find out how well the present law works, whether changes need to be made, whether the offences should be extended to cover other groups and whether all hate crimes should be brought into one area of legislation.

Do you have information to give or views to share?

Please give your views to help Lord Bracadale understand what people identify as hate crime and learn about personal experiences and the impact that hate crime has had on those affected. This includes hate crime committed online.

How this information is being used

Your responses will help identify the relevant issues that he should address when he produces his consultation paper over the summer. The consultation paper will explore a wide range of issues, including what type of conduct should be identified as hate crime for the purpose of the criminal law and whether the current law meets this need. You will also have the opportunity to give more information about your experiences of reporting hate crimes and your expectations of the criminal justice system.

Read more about the review and take the survey here.

The closing date for responses is 12 May 2017.

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