Consultation on Scottish Hate Crime Legislation

Closed 24 Feb 2019

Opened 14 Nov 2018


Consulting on Lord Bracadale's recommendations as per his review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland.  The consultation asks questions on our approach to consolidating all Scottish Hate Crime legislation and expanding the statutory aggravations.  

During the consultation we will be running a series of public events across Scotland to allow individuals and communities to come along to share their views and inform what is included in the new hate crime legislation.

The events are free of charge but in order to book your place you must do so by clicking on the Eventbrite link below and provide details of each indivual attendee.  All tickets should then be clearly displayed upon arrival on the day of the event.

1)  Lockerbie - 04/12/2018

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2)  Inverness - 06/12/2018

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3)  Stornoway - 17/01/2019

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4)  Dundee - 22/01/2019

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5)  Galashiels - 24/01/2019

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6)  Glasgow - 29/01/2019 two events.

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7)  Edinburgh - 31/01/2019

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8)  Aberdeen - 06/02/2019

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9)  Shetland - 07/02/2019

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10)  Stirling - 12/02/2019

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Why We Are Consulting

To allow us to capture the public's views on our proposed changes to the Scottish Hate Crime legislation.

Download the consultation paper.

Download the easy read version.

View the BSL version.

What Happens Next

We will analyse the responses and consider them in the shaping of our Hate Crime Bill. We will publish our analysis of the consultation in Summer 2019.



  • People of Scotland


  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Equality, Welfare and Rights