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Review of hate crime legislation in Scotland

Published: Thursday, 26 January 2017

The suite of laws covering hate crime offences in Scotland is to be reviewed to ensure it is fit for purpose in the 21st century.

The review begins this month and will consider:

· Whether current laws are appropriate and consistent

· If hate crime legislation needs simplified, rationalised or harmonised

· If new categories of hate crime for characteristics not currently legislated for, such as age and gender, need to be created.