Scotsman publishes article by James Chalmers on new sexual offences legislation

James Chalmers, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, has published an article in the Scotsman newspaper criticising aspects of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009, a major reform of the Scottish law of sexual offences which has yet to be brought into force despite being passed by the Scottish Parliament over a year ago.

While the Act modernises many outdated and undesirable aspects of the current law, it creates the potential for confusion and difficulty in other areas, particularly where new offences such as "communicating indecently", or provisions relating to children, are concerned.

James Chalmers, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, has published an article in the Scotsman newspaper criticising aspects of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009, a major reform of the Scottish law of sexual offences which has yet to be brought into force despite being passed by the Scottish Parliament over a year ago.

While the Act modernises many outdated and undesirable aspects of the current law, it creates the potential for confusion and difficulty in other areas, particularly where new offences such as "communicating indecently", or provisions relating to children, are concerned.

Read the article:'Sex offences reform flawed'.

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