Historical Sexual Offences (Pardons and Disregards) (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

Historically, the law in Scotland criminalised consensual sexual activity between men. These laws were repealed or amended in Scotland between 1981 and 2013. 

This Bill aims to correct the remaining “discriminatory effect” of these laws on men who had been convicted under these now repealed laws. This will be done by granting all men convicted of such offences in Scotland (living and posthumously if deceased) an automatic pardon.

The Bill also allows for these criminal convictions to be disregarded (removed from a criminal record) if the convicted person applies to the Scottish Government.

You can read more about the Bill on the legislation webpages.

Call for views

The Committee is interested in hearing your views on the Bill.

We especially want to hear from men who will receive a pardon and who may wish to apply for a criminal disregard. If you, or someone close to you, will be impacted by the Bill we urge you to take part in our work. We will treat your personal stories with sensitivity.

Click here to read the full call for views to see how to make a submission.

The closing date for making a submission is Friday 19 January 2018.