20 years of the Human Rights Act

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The Law Society of Scotland’s Constitutional Law Sub-Committee responded to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry on 20 years of the Human Rights Act 1998 (the Act).

The Law Society of Scotland believes that the Act is a key component of our society and an effective tool for the protection of our rights through the domestic courts in the UK. The Act provides an effective means for individuals to challenge the actions of the State and seek redress in a more accessible, timely and affordable way than was possible before incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights.  The Act has also had a positive impact on the development of law and policy both in the UK and in Scotland and we support the retention of the Act.

 

For further information please visit The Law Society of Scotland’s website.

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