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Any change of verdicts must be consistent with principles of Scottish justice system

As Scottish Parliament election candidates pledge to review the not proven verdict, Law Society President Amanda Millar warns that principles of Scottish criminal justice system must be maintained.

National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership report published

The report and recommendations set out a statutory framework for human rights, but Scotland's record on human rights should never be taken for granted.

Call for education programme to support hate crime legislation

We have called for an education programme to support proposals to modernise hate crime legislation, which will encourage an inclusive, equal and diverse Scottish society

Law Society calls for Scotland-wide high-rise cladding assessment following new funding announcement

We have welcomed the UK Government’s recent announcement on making further funding available for removing dangerous cladding on high rise buildings and called for a Scotland-wide assessment of high-rise buildings.

Public Policy update January 2021

Our policy committees analyse and respond to proposed changes in the law - read more about the key pieces of work they completed in January.

Public Policy highlights – December 2020

Our policy committees analyse and respond to proposed changes in the law - read more about the key pieces of work they completed in December.

Climate change and the Scottish legal profession

Our COP26 and climate change working group surveyed members about what the profession thinks are the key climate change issues.

Law Society welcomes further amendments planned for Hate Crime Bill

The Society has welcomed plans for Stage 2 amendments to Hate Crime Bill

Evidence required to show lockdown hospital discharges were lawful

We have called on the Scottish Government to release data showing the legal basis for moving hospital patients to care homes at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, due to the lack of information in a recent Public Health Scotland report.

Law Society of Scotland calls for action to reform crofting law

We have published recommendations in relation to the law of crofting and urged the Scottish Government to take prompt action to reform the law.

Welcome for Justice Committee recommendations on reopening courts

The Society has welcomed Justice Committee recommendations on reopening Scotland’s courts and tribunals system.

Law Society welcomes plans to amend hate crime bill

We have welcomed the Scottish Government's announcement that it is to amend key aspects of the hate crime bill to address concerns we have raised.