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Equalities and Human Rights Committee seek views on Equal Protection Bill

In October 2018, one year after it was initially proposed by John Finnie MSP, the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill reached the Equalities and Human Rights Committee of the Scottish Parliament, which is leading the scrutiny of the Bill.

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Scotland's hate crime laws soon to include misogynistic behaviour

Scotland’s ministers are set to hold a consultation on tackling misogynistic behaviour through strengthening criminal hate laws.

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Vulnerable Witnesses Bill proposed to Scottish Parliament

A new Vulnerable Witnesses Bill has been proposed to the Scottish Parliament and, if accepted by the Parliament, the new legislation would enable the statements of child witnesses to be pre-recorded in advance of the trial. Most recently, the Faculty of Advocates responded to the bill, claiming they had ‘no opposition’ to the introduction of the rule.

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Scotland sees reduction in reoffending

Statistics have been released which reveal a substantial drop in reconvictions in Scotland, with the number of offenders being reconvicted falling to a 19-year low.

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EU Proposes Tougher Measures on Confiscation of Assets

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee has adopted new rules to speed up the freezing and confiscation of criminal assets across the EU. 

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