The English Law Commission is launching a consultation process on whether hate crime provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act
1998 should be extended to cover disability, sexual orientation or gender identity:
"In this consultation, we analyse the case for reforming the existing
offences to bring greater coherence and protection for all five
groups. We ask:
- Do existing criminal offences provide adequate
protection against the types of wrongdoing occurring against members of
the protected groups?
- Do the Courts’ existing sentencing powers provide a sufficient response in all cases?
- Would extending the offences create uncertainty or have other unintended consequences?"
The Commissions has released:
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