Scottish hate crime laws to be reviewed

The Scottish Government announced an independent review of the existing laws around hate crime, to be chaired by one of Scotland’s most senior judges, Lord Bracadale.

The review started on 30 January and is expected to last a year. Lord Bracadale’s review will consider whether current laws are appropriate and consistent, whether hate crime legislation needs simplified or harmonised and whether new categories of hate crime, such as for age and gender, need to be created.

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