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The Damages (Scotland) Bill was introduced by Bill Butler on 1 June. The Bill implemented the recommendations of the Scottish Law Commission in its 2008 report on Damages for Wrongful Death. In doing so, the Bill repealed and re-enacted, with amendments, the provisions of the Damages (Scotland) Act 1976.  The amendments related, in particular, to how claims for damages were calculated in cases where a person was dying or had died from personal injuries caused by the wrongful act or omission of another. The aim was to make the law simpler, clearer and more consistent, and to reduce the distress and delay caused to victims and relatives.

The Bill was referred to the Justice Committee on 8 June 2010. As Mr Butler was a member of the Justice Committee, he was prevented under the Parliament's standing orders from contributing, in his capacity as a member, to the Committee's scrutiny of the Bill.

Justice Committee - Stage 1 Scrutiny

Call for evidence

The Committee issued a call for written evidence on Friday 25 June 2010.

The deadline for completion of Stage 1 is Friday 17 December 2010.

Oral evidence

Listed below are the individuals and organisations who gave evidence on the Bill at Justice Committee meetings along with links to the papers, Official Reports and minutes of each meeting.

Reports from other committees

Committee Report

The Committee published its Stage 1 report on 8 December 2010. Please follow the links below to the report and accompanying news release and the Scottish Government's response..

Stage 1 debate

The Stage 1 debate took place in the Chamber on 15 December 2010, and the general principles of the Bill were agreed to.

Justice Committee - Stage 2 consideration

Amendments lodged:

Stage 2 consideration of amendments

1 February 2011

Stage 2 was completed on 1 February 2011.

Stage 3 proceedings

Amendments lodged:

The Bill passed Stage 3 on 3 March 2011.


Contact: For specific information on the Bill, please contact Andrew Mylne, Clerk to the Committee, on 0131 348 5195 or email