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Chamber and committees

Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

The Committee was established in June 2021. It focuses on:

  • equal opportunities matters
  • human rights matters
  • civil justice matters including debt, evictions and family law

Next meeting

Meeting details are not yet available. They will be published here in due course.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Katrina Venters, the Clerk for the committee.

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5224 Find out about call charges.

X (previously known as Twitter): @SP_EHRCJ

If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.

Members

Members of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Current Members

Karen Adam

Convener

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Banffshire and Buchan Coast (Constituency)

Maggie Chapman

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Central Scotland (Region)

Marie McNair

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Clydebank and Milngavie (Constituency)

Paul O'Kane

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Evelyn Tweed

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Stirling (Constituency)

Annie Wells

Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Glasgow (Region)

Substitute Members

Sarah Boyack

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Lothian (Region)

Craig Hoy

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Fulton MacGregor

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Coatbridge and Chryston (Constituency)

Mark Ruskell

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Correspondence

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Suicide Prevention

Meeting date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

United Kingdom Subordinate Legislation, Suicide Prevention, Gender Representation on Public Boards (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Meeting date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Subordinate Legislation, HIV: Addressing Stigma and Eliminating Transmission

Meeting date: Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Interests, Subordinate Legislation, HIV: Addressing Stigma and Eliminating Transmission

Meeting date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Budget Scrutiny 2024-25

Reports

Committee reports

29 May 2024

Annual Report of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee for 2023-24

Annual Report of the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee 2023-24.

22 May 2024

Subordinate Legislation considered by the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, 21 May 2024

Report by the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee on affirmative instruments and on whether the instruments should be approved.

26 March 2024

The Legal Aid (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2024 [draft]

A report on the subordinate legislation considered by the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee on 26 March 2024

Remit

To consider and report on the following (and any additional matter added under Rule 6.1.5A)—

a.  matters relating to equal opportunities, and upon the observance of equal opportunities within the Parliament; and

b.  matters relating to human rights.

c.  matters relating to civil justice within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs.

2.  In these Rules

(a)  “equal opportunities” includes the prevention, elimination or regulation of discrimination between persons on grounds of sex or marital status, on racial grounds or on grounds of disability, age, sexual orientation, language or social origin or of other personal attributes, including beliefs or opinions such as religious beliefs or political opinions; and

(b)  “human rights” includes Convention rights (within the meaning of section 1 of the Human Rights Act 1998) and other human rights as for example contained in any international convention, treaty or other international instrument ratified by the United Kingdom.