Following the introduction of the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour Bill by James Kelly MSP last week, the Justice Committee appears to have got off to a flying start by beginning the evidence-gathering activity which constitutes Stage 1 of the process….yes, dear reader, we are now at Stage 1!
The call for written submissions will run from today until Friday 18th August 2017 after which there will be a number of Committee sessions where groups and individuals will be invited to give evidence in person. For those of you who have long memories, this is the same process that was used in 2011 when the original Offensive Behaviour Bill (then Act) was makings its own way through the system.
The format of the written submissions are similar to those used in the public consultation carried out by James Kelly before introducing his repeal bill. If you made a submission to his consultation – and very large numbers of you did – then please do so again. Your views expressed at that time will not be taken into account unless you submit evidence to the Justice Committee between now and August.
There is a template document which you can use to guide you and your evidence is not expected to be very long – maximum 6 sides of A4 – but most will be considerably shorter.
We will post further information and guidance about this process over the next week or so but thanks again to everyone who has supported this campaign to date and please keep up the good work over this crucial period. We are nearly there!