Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill -by 19th January 2018

Historically, the law in Scotland criminalised consensual sexual activity between men. These laws were repealed or amended in Scotland between 1981 and 2013.

This Bill aims to correct the remaining “discriminatory effect” of these laws on men who had been convicted under these now repealed laws. This will be done by granting all men convicted of such offences in Scotland (living and posthumously if deceased) an automatic pardon.

The Bill also allows for these criminal convictions to be disregarded (removed from a criminal record) if the convicted person applies to the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Parliament Equality and Human Rights Committee would like your views on the Bill -read more here.