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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 will better inform the next stage of the review which is the preparation and publication of our consultation papers.  The consultation exercise ran from 31 August to 23 November and is now closed.  We are grateful to everyone who took the time to respond.

Stage Three (November/mid-December 2017)

We are now analysing the consultation responses and considering any further information we need to gather.  Lord Bracadale will take all this information into account as he 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 the citizen space consultation page.

Stage Four (December 2017 onwards)

Lord Bracadale will prepare his report and recommendations 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