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: www.lawscot.org.uk/law-reform

The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act

The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 22nd March 2016. The new Act includes, amongst other things, provisions setting out a new specific domestic abuse aggravator; a new offence for the non-consensual sharing of private and intimate images; a requirement for juries in sexual offence cases to be given specific directions by the trial judge where certain conditions apply; and reforms to the system of civil orders available to protect communities from those who may commit sexual offences.

More details on the Bill are available on our website