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Damages Bill call for evidence published

2 July 2010

Holyrood’s Justice Committee is seeking views on the general principles of the Damages (Scotland) Bill, a member’s bill introduced on 1 June 2010 by Bill Butler MSP.

The bill would implement the recommendations of the Scottish Law Commission in its 2008 Report on Damages for Wrongful Death (click here for news report). It would repeal and re-enact, with amendments, the Damages (Scotland) Act 1976. The amendments aim to simplify the calculation of damages where a person is dying or has died from personal injuries caused by the wrongful act or omission of another, and to reduce the distress and delay caused to victims and relatives.

The Justice Committee hopes to consider written submissions and to take oral evidence during September 2010 and to report on the bill’s general principles later in the year.

It is inviting all interested parties to submit views on the bill (or any provision of it) in writing. Submissions should be received, if possible, by no later than Tuesday 24 August 2010, sent to justice.committee@scottish.parliament.uk .

Click here to see the terms of the call.

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