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Process of the review

Stage One (March to June 2017)

The first stage of the Review will involve Lord Bracadale gathering  evidence and information.  Lord Bracadale is keen to better understand what people consider to be hate crime and how well the current criminal justice system deals with this.  To do this he will invite information and experience from those who in one role or another have an involvement in applying the law and from individuals and communities affected by hate crime.   We will also review the relevant information currently available about hate crime in Scotland and consider where there are gaps in our knowledge and how we can fill these.  Our questionnaire, which asked what you think hate crime means and how you have been affected by it, closed on 12 May.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete this.

Stage Two (July to October 2017)

This preliminary fact finding, including the key findings from the questionnaire, will better inform the next stage of the review which will be the preparation and publication of our consultation paper to which anyone can respond.  Through the consultation paper Lord Bracadale will explore what type of conduct the criminal law should be identifying as hate crime and whether the current set of offences adequately covers such conduct.   The consultation exercise will be informed by an understanding of what happens in the community.  Lord Bracadale will engage with a wide range of interested parties so that he can continue to hear views and experiences.  He anticipates that that this will include meetings at various locations across the country.

Stage Three (November/mid-December 2017)

Once the consultation period closes we will be analysing the consultation responses received and considering any further information  we need to gather. 

Stage Four (December 2017 onwards)

Lord Bracadale will prepare his report based on the findings produced at all stages of the process.  His report will be published in early 2018.   

Throughout the process, the Review will engage with a wide range of interested parties such as:

  • Diversity, equality and community groups
  • Victims of hate crime
  • Those to whom existing hate crime legislation does not extend, for instance young people
  • Professionals in the criminal justice field
  • Interest groups
  • Politicians