Apology Law

The Apologies (Scotland) Bill was introduced by Margaret Mitchell MSP on 3 March 2015.

The Policy Memorandum states the Bill “provides that an apology (as defined in terms of the Bill) is inadmissible in certain civil proceedings as evidence of anything relevant to the determination of liability, and cannot otherwise be used to the prejudice of the person making the apology (or on whose behalf it is made). The Bill also has the broader purpose of encouraging a cultural and social change in attitudes towards apologising”. The provisions in the Bill are to apply to all forms of apology and to all civil proceedings, with the exception of fatal accident inquiries and defamation proceedings. The Policy Memorandum also confirms that the legislation should not impede any further course of action being taken where an apology has been given. - See more at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/88340.aspx#sthash.UBqaTyk9.dpuf