Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

The Bill was introduced by Claire Baker MSP on 1 June 2020. 

The Bill amends the law of culpable homicide in Scotland by creating in effect two different statutory kinds of culpable homicide– culpable homicide where death is caused recklessly or by gross negligence. These statutory offences are in addition to, and not in substitution for, the existing kinds of offence of culpable homicide at common law.

Further information is available on the Bill web page.

Stage 1

The Justice Committee was designated lead Committee for Stage 1 scrutiny of the Bill.


The Committee took evidence on the Bill from Claire Baker MSP and Patrick McGuire, Thompsons Solicitors at its meeting on Tuesday 6 October 2020.

Read the Official Report



The Committee published its Stage 1 report on the Bill on Friday 13 November 2020.

Read the Stage 1 report

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