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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.

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.

Criminal law and legal aid round-up July 2020

A round-up of activity undertaken by the Criminal Law and Legal Aid Committees in response to the coronavirus outbreak so far, as well as a look ahead to what challenges they are focussing on next.

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.

Unified tribunal essential in creating a person-centred approach to mental health law

The creation of a new, unified tribunal empowered to look at a full range of remedies under mental health law would enable individuals’ cases to be dealt with in a prompt, holistic and person-centred way.

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.

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.

Jury trials should continue with safety measures in place

Feedback from a working group led by the Law Society has been submitted to the Scottish Government in response to their discussion paper on options for criminal jury trials during the COVID-19 outbreak.