Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

2 Mar 2021

The Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament following its Stage 3 debate this evening.

This Scottish Government Bill takes forward recommendations in the Scottish Law Commission’s Report on Defamation (Scot Law Com No 248, 2017).

Lady Paton, Chair of the Scottish Law Commission, said:

“We warmly welcome this important Bill being passed by the Scottish Parliament.  The Bill implements key recommendations in the Commission’s 2017 Report on Defamation, with a view to modernising the law of defamation and making it fit for purpose in today’s society.”

The Bill can be found on the Scottish Parliament’s website here.

Further information on our completed project on Defamation can be found here.