Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Questions for the Cabinet Secretary for Justice

The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee will begin consideration of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and will take evidence from Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Tuesday 27 October. Below are questions to which we suggest…

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Views from Scottish policing

In April 2020 the Scottish Government published the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The Bill aims to consolidate existing hate crime legislation, introduce new protected characteristics, introduce new provisions for stirring up hatred for all characteristics, and abolish…

Should ‘Variations in Sex Characteristics’ be included in the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill?

The Hate Crime and Public Order Bill provides for ‘Variations in Sex Characteristics’ (VSCs) as a standalone protected characteristic. This represents a change from the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Act 2009, which currently classifies ‘intersexuality’ under ‘transgender identity’. The…