Change to culpable homicide law may be on the horizon

10 Dec 2018

Partner Jamie Varney comments in The Scotsman on a Member’s Bill being proposed for the Scottish Parliament which aims to bring greater precision to Scotland’s culpable homicide laws.

Claire Baker MSP has launched a consultation on a proposed Culpable Homicide (Scotland) Bill that would create two kinds of statutory culpable homicide – where death is caused “recklessly” or by “gross negligence”. Jamie says that a focus on improving health and safety at work is the key factor in the proposal. Scotland’s record shows there are 17 work-related deaths on average each year, meaning a worker in Scotland is more likely to be killed in their job than a worker in England.

To read Jamie's article for The Scotsman in full, click here.

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