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Publication - Consultation Paper

Hate crime legislation independent review: consultation (easy-read)

Published: 31 Aug 2017
Part of:
Law and order
ISBN:
9781788511940

Easy-read version of consultation to inform the independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland, chaired by Lord Bracadale.

32 page PDF

1.6MB

32 page PDF

1.6MB

Contents
Hate crime legislation independent review: consultation (easy-read)
Hate crime law in Scotland at the moment

32 page PDF

1.6MB

Hate crime law in Scotland at the moment

gavel

If a person has committed an offence (such as assault or breach of the peace), but has done it in a way which shows hate or prejudice towards a person or groups then the courts can give tougher punishments.

person in jail

This might be a longer sentence or higher fine.

person being beaten up

At the moment these " statutory aggravations" cover prejudice because of a person's

1. Race

2. Religion

3. Disability

4. Sexual orientation

5. Transgender identity

person holding guilty sign

The offender's criminal record will show that they have been convicted of a hate crime.

sample bar chart

The conviction is included in hate crime statistics, so that that we can see how many hate crimes have been committed against which group.

diverse group of people

For a statutory aggravation to apply, one of two tests must happen.

The first test is if the offender shows hate or prejudice towards a victim because of the group the victim is a member of.

For example, the offender might use bad language about the group.

diverse group of people

The second test is to find out if the crime was committed because of hate targeted at the person's protected group.

1. Race

2. Religion

3. Disability

4. Sexual orientation

5. Transgender identity

Question 3

people debating question

Are you clear about what the test of a hate crime is?

Yes / No

person thinking of answer to question

How can this be improved?


Contact

Email: Independent review of hate crime legislation - secretariat, secretariat@hatecrimelegislationreview.scot

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG