Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill


Stage: 1

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the law of defamation; replace the common law delicts of verbal injury with delicts of malicious publication; and for connected purposes. 

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf MSP, on 2 December 2019. 

Stage 1

Lead Committee: Justice  

14 January 2020 (private)

3 March 2020 (private)

17 March 2020 (evidence)

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee:

4 February 2020 (private) 

Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1 Report

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