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Public policy highlights

Our policy committees have had a busy month analysing and responding to proposed changes in the law to positively influence the creation of a fairer and more just society.

Diversity data offers most complete picture of profession yet

Diversity data collected for the first time as part of the annual Practising Certificate renewal process offers a valuable insight into today’s Scottish legal profession.

Call for new regulatory framework for police body cameras before increasing use

The Society has said that oversight, governance and transparency will be essential in relation to police officers wearing body cameras.

New report confirms alarm of Scottish solicitors over discharges to care homes

A report published by the Mental Welfare Commission confirms concerns previously raised by the Law Society's Mental Health and Disability Committee about the circumstances in which the transfers of vulnerable people from hospital to care homes were carried out.

Survey finds support for aspects of remote civil hearings

Findings from our recent survey of civil court practitioners have indicated that remote hearings work well for procedural and uncontentious matters, however far fewer respondents thought that more complex hearings should be carried out remotely.

Racial Inclusion Group survey

The Society's Racial Inclusion Group wants to hear the experiences of people from an ethnic minority background, who are studying/practising law. Whether you are a solicitor, solicitor advocate, trainee solicitor or law student, your feedback will help the Group consider steps it could recommend to the Society.

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.

Public Policy highlights – March 2021

Our policy committees analyse and respond to proposed changes in the law. Read our round up of the key pieces of work completed in March.

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.