Lord Advocate Grilling Over Sex Laws

By Sean Salhab

Scotland’s top prosecutor is appearing before MSPs in an investigation into an overhaul of sex laws.

Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini will be examined over the alterations designed to simplify and redefine laws governing offences such as rape.
Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini
Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini
She will be joined by Kenny MacAskill at the meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s justice committee.

MSPs are considering the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill, which is intended to replace common law and tidy up sexual offence legislation.

The Bill also seeks to redefine consent as “free agreement” and make changes in how the law applies to under-16s.

The committee has taken the opinion’s of the Childrens’ Commissioner, equality groups and legal experts into it’s consideration. 

The Bill has been broadly backed but concerns have been raised it could criminalise teenage girls for having sex.

Members of the Faculty of Advocates last week warned some changes to rape laws were not needed and may create an unnecessary amount of new cases in the appeals court.

Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini is a Scottish lawyer who has served in the political role of Lord Advocate for Scotland since 2006. She was appointed to the post of Solicitor General of Scotland in November 2001 becoming the first woman, the first Procurator Fiscal, and the first Solicitor to hold that post.