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Process of the review

Stage One (March to June 2017)

The first stage of the Review involved Lord Bracadale gathering evidence and information. Lord Bracadale was 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 invited 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 also reviewed the relevant information currently available about hate crime in Scotland and considered where there were gaps in our knowledge and how we could 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 helped to better inform the next stage of the review which was the preparation and publication of our consultation papers. The consultation exercise ran from 31 August to 23 November and is now closed.  We were grateful to everyone who took the time to respond.

Stage Three (November/mid-December 2017)

We analysed the consultation responses and considered any further information we needed to gather. Lord Bracadale took all this information into account as he prepared his recommendations on hate crime legislation in Scotland. Where permission to do so has been given, my team  made responses available to the public on the citizen space consultation page. In publishing this material I was seeking to comment on or endorse particular views or issues. My team deliberately took a wide view when determining whether material submitted to us should be made public. In a small number of cases we redacted sections of text, for instance if there was personal information or inappropriate language that was not necessary to understand the point being made in the response.  

Stage Four (December 2017 to May 2018)

Lord Bracadale  prepared his report and recommendations based on the findings produced at all stages of the process.  His report was publishedon 31 May 2018.    

Throughout the process, the Review engaged 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