Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

The Bill provides for the modernising, consolidating and extending of hate crime legislation in Scotland.

Read the Bill and accompanying documents

Current status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf MSP, on 23 April 2020.

Stage 1

The Justice Committee has been designated lead Committee for Stage 1 scrutiny of the Bill.


The Committee launched a call for views on Monday 4 May 2020. The closing date for receipt of written submissions was Friday 24 July 2020.

Read the call for views

Read the news release

Read the news release (Gaelic version)

Read the written submissions received


The Committee has published research commissioned from Dr Hannah Bows of the University of Durham and SPICe academic fellow on “Is more law the answer? A review of proposed reforms to address victimisation of older adults.”


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