Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021: information note

This information note provides a high level summary of the key changes that are made by the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021.


1. The development of the Act was informed by Lord Bracadale’s Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland and the Scottish Government’s subsequent engagement with stakeholders including via the One Scotland: consultation on current hate crime legislation.

2. Developed in response to Recommendation 16 of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 2016 to “Systematically collect disaggregated data on hate crimes”.


Email: georgina.alford@gov.scot

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