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Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995

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F150A[ Racially-aggravated harassment.]S

(1)A person is guilty of an offence under this section if he—

(a)pursues a racially-aggravated course of conduct which amounts to harassment of a person and—

(i)is intended to amount to harassment of that person; or

(ii)occurs in circumstances where it would appear to a reasonable person that it would amount to harassment of that person; or

(b)acts in a manner which is racially aggravated and which causes, or is intended to cause, a person alarm or distress.

(2)For the purposes of this section a course of conduct or an action is racially aggravated if—

(a)immediately before, during or immediately after carrying out the course of conduct or action the offender evinces towards the person affected malice and ill-will based on that person’s membership (or presumed membership) of a racial group; or

(b)the course of conduct or action is motivated (wholly or partly) by malice and ill-will towards members of a racial group based on their membership of that group.

(3)In subsection (2)(a) above—

  • membership”, in relation to a racial group, includes association with members of that group;

  • presumed” means presumed by the offender.

(4)It is immaterial for the purposes of paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (2) above whether or not the offender’s malice and ill-will is also based, to any extent, on—

(a)the fact or presumption that any person or group of persons belongs to any religious group; or

(b)any other factor not mentioned in that paragraph.

(5)A person who is guilty of an offence under this section shall—

(a)on summary conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or both such fine and such imprisonment; and

(b)on conviction on indictment, be liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding seven years, or both such fine and such imprisonment.

(6)In this section—

  • conduct” includes speech;

  • “harassment” of a person includes causing the person alarm or distress;

  • racial group” means a group of persons defined by reference to race, colour, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origins,

and a course of conduct must involve conduct on at least two occasions.

Textual Amendments

F1S. 50A inserted (30.9.1998) by 1998 c. 37, s. 33; S.I. 1998/2327, art. 2(g)

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