Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland

Closed 23 Nov 2017

Opened 31 Aug 2017

Published Responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The consultation sought views to inform the independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland, conducted by Lord Bracadale. The review is considering whether changes need to be made to the current laws; whether existing offences should be extended to cover other groups; and whether all hate crimes should be brought into one area of legislation.  

What Happens Next

The consultation exercise has now closed.  Lord Bracadale’s team will now analyse the responses received, and will take these into account as Lord Bracadale prepares his recommendations on hate crime legislation in Scotland.    Where permission to do so has been given, we will make responses available to the public on this page.  Lord Bracadale expects to publish his report and recommendations in Spring 2018.


Archived versions of the consultation papers are available for interest via the links below:


  • Scottish Older People's AssemblyAGM

    From 15 Sep 2017 at 13:00 to 15 Sep 2017 at 14:00

    The SOPA AGM takes place on Friday 15 September 2017, 13.00 - 14.00 at University of Strathclyde,
    Graham Hills Building,40 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QE

    The event will be held in the Conference Room (742)

    of the Centre for Lifelong Learning (7th Floor).

    At the start of the meeting Lord Bracadale will speak about the consultation he is undertaking as part of his independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland.

    If you are interested in attending, contact Glenda Watt on 077 2991 3474 or

  • Cross-Party Group on Disability meeting

    From 19 Sep 2017 at 13:45 to 19 Sep 2017 at 14:15

    The Cross-Party Group on Disability are meeting on Tuesday 19 September 2017, 13.00 - 14.30 in the Committee Room 4, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.

    Lord Bracadale will speak about the consultation he is undertaking as part of his independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland.

    If you are interested in attending, please contact Layla Theiner, Disability Agenda Scotland (DAB) at

  • FRAE Fife (Fairness, Race Awareness and Equality)

    From 27 Sep 2017 at 18:30 to 27 Sep 2017 at 19:30

    FRAE Fife is holding an event to support the consultation that Lord Bracadale's is undertaking as part of his independent review of hate crime legislation in Scotland.

    The event is being held between 18.30 and 19.30 on 27 September 2017 at Old Kirk, Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy KY1 1EH

    Please contact:

  • Hate Crime Mini Conference

    From 28 Sep 2017 at 08:45 to 28 Sep 2017 at 15:15

    The Right Honourable Lord Bracadale is undertaking a review of the laws covering hate crime offences in Scotland and as part of that process, Victim Support Scotland (VSS) are delighted to announce we are hosting a hate crime mini conference.

    There has been considerable debate recently on Hate Crime and its impact on society at a local, national, and international level.

    The conference will bring together key stakeholders from across the criminal justice sector in a bid to assist Lord Bracadale with his review and help devise laws which represent the most effective approach to dealing with hate crime.

    We have a range of delegates and an exciting range of speakers confirmed on what is set to be an exciting and successful meeting of minds.

    Victim Support Scotland would be delighted if you would JOIN US at our hate crime mini conference on Thursday the 28th of September on the third floor of our Training Suite at 10 Bothwell Street, Glasgow.

    Registration will be between 8.45am and 9.15am.

    To register an interest and for more details of the event – please contact policy

    We would advise you to contact us early as places may be restricted.

    More information can be found here:

  • The Scottish Association for the Study of Offending

    From 10 Oct 2017 at 17:30 to 10 Oct 2017 at 19:00

    The Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (SASO) aims to create a common meeting ground, nationally and locally, for all professional groups and individuals concerned with the issues raised by offending in Scotland. It provides an opportunity for an exchange of views by its members, enabling them to explain their own problems and to appreciate the problems of others engaged in related fields.

    We are pleased to announce that the next guest speaker will be the Rt. Hon. Lord Bracadale, QC who will speak on the review of hate crime legislation.

    The event will take place on Tuesday 10th October 2017 at City Chambers, committee room 1 and will commence at 6 p.m. Tea and coffee will be available from 5.30 p.m. The event is open to all interested parties for views to be shared. Booking early is recommended, as places are limited. Please contact us with any queries on 01382 223399 alternatively, email

    Please visit: to book.

  • Identity and Belonging Conference – Linlithgow

    From 17 Oct 2017 at 10:00 to 17 Oct 2017 at 16:00

    Interfaith Scotland are holding a national dialogue on ‘Identity and Belonging’ in partnership with Faith in Older People, Stonewall Scotland and Edinburgh University Chaplaincy. ‘Where does our sense of identify and belonging come from? How does religion, culture, sexual orientation, class and family influence our sense of being human and our attitudes to our society?’ The aim of the conference is to address these questions and to consider practical action that could be taken to engender a stronger sense of ourselves as members of different communities and as citizens. The conference costs £25 per person for members of Interfaith Scotland and £40 per person for non-members. Please register your place at

  • Article 12 – presentation and focus group for the gypsy/traveller community

    From 19 Oct 2017 at 11:00 to 19 Oct 2017 at 12:30

    Thursday 19 October; 11.00 to 12.30pm
    Salutation Hotel 30-34 South St, Perth PH2 8PH
    RSVP to Lynne Tammi (

  • the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER)

    From 2 Nov 2017 at 10:30 to 2 Nov 2017 at 13:00

    Lord Bracadale will be speaking at an event organised by the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER). The event will consider Lord Bracadale’s independent review in a racial equality context, focusing on the potential impact on racially-aggravated harassment offences, racial aggravations, and BME communities. The event will take place on Thursday 2nd November at the Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow from 10:30 to 13:00, with a light lunch following. To book a place please contact Rebecca Marek at

  • Dumfries and Galloway Equalities Partnership

    From 7 Nov 2017 at 16:00 to 7 Nov 2017 at 18:00

    Lord Bracadale will be speaking at the Dumfries and Galloway Equalities Partnership event on 7 November at Woodbank, 30 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1NW. The Partnership is made up of DG Voice, D&G Multicultural Association, D&G LGBT Plus and LGBT Youth Scotland. If you’d like to attend please contact Johnathon Gallagher:

  • West of Scotland Regional Equality Council

    From 16 Nov 2017 at 10:00 to 16 Nov 2017 at 12:00

    WSREC Offices, 39 Napiershall Street, Glasgow, G20 6EZ.

    A member of the review secretariat will be speaking at the consultation event organised by WSREC on 16 November. The presentation will be followed by discussion groups with an opportunity to share your views on issues raised in the consultation exercise. If you would like to attend please contact Rabeea Qureshi:


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