May 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including the Investigatory Powers Bill, Child Safety Online and the criminal offence of domestic abuse.

Key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website:

Adults with Incapacity

We’ve proposed major changes to the law for adults with dementia, learning disabilities and other causes of incapacity following a comprehensive review of the legislation and human rights standards intended to protect vulnerable people.

The Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee responded to a Scottish Government consultation on a report by the Scottish Law Commission with the view that the current system frequently and seriously lets down vulnerable adults.

In particular, we believe that the current position under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 is inefficient and ineffective and the fragmented operation across the UK jurisdictions wastes public resources and drains legal aid funds.

The Society’s full consultation response can also be found on our website

We have urged political parties to commit to updating or reviewing specific areas of legislation in our priorities for the next Scottish Parliament. The full document can be found on our website.