Scotland’s Justice Secretary has announced plans to a drop part of the proposed Hate Crime Bill that could have made theatre producers liable for the stirring-up of hatred.
A Holyrood committee has urged people to have their say on planned new laws that could be used to ban those who commit domestic abuse from their victims’ homes.
New defamation laws could shift the balance towards greater freedom of speech while protecting reputations from serious damage, MSPs have said.
Freedom-of-speech protections in the controversial new hate crime Bill are “under active consideration”, the Justice Secretary has said.
Reforms to strike a fairer balance between freedom of speech and protecting reputations in Scotland’s defamation legislation have been backed by Holyrood’s Justice Committee.
Post-mortem examinations requested by accused killers should have a two-week time limit, an MSP has said.
Sheriffs, newspapers and the BBC are among the latest organisations to raise concerns about the Scottish Government’s proposed new Hate Crime Bill.
The top police officer in Scotland has expressed "reservations" about controversial new coronavirus quarantine rules, and revealed his officers would only play a limited role in enforcing them.