UK Supreme Court considers Scottish Children’s Rights Bill

Date: 8th July 2021
Category: Incorporation


On 28-29th June, UK Supreme Court judges heard from the Scottish, Welsh and UK governments to inform their decision on whether the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill is within the powers of Scottish Parliament. Together has created a round-up from the two-day hearing to help keep you informed!

The case was brought by the UK Government which alleged that the Bill went beyond the Scottish Parliament’s powers. The case was therefore about a technical constitutional question, rather than being about the intention behind the Bill.

You can find out what parts of the Bill the UK Government asked the UK Supreme Court to look at here.

On the first day, judges heard submissions for the Attorney General and Advocate General – legal advisors to the UK Government.

Read the round-up to day 1 of the hearing here.

On the second day, judges heard arguments from the Scottish, Welsh and UK governments.

Read the round-up of day 2 of the hearing here.

The judges will now reflect on what they have heard before publishing their decision. It is unclear how long this will take.

Together will continue to keep members informed and continue to support full implementation of children’s human rights in line with the UK’s existing obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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