Upcoming hearings in a judicial review involving the Scottish Government’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill are to be livestreamed by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

As part of SCTS’s commitment to open justice, preliminary and substantive hearings of the case – Petition of the Scottish Ministers for Judicial Review of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill (Prohibition on Submission for Royal Assent) – will be available to watch live online.

The Scottish Government bill, which would make it easier for people in Scotland to change their legally recognised sex, was blocked by the UK Government using a section 35 order.

This is now being challenged by the Scottish ministers at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

A summary of the case and the livestream details can be found on the SCTS Court of Session Live webpage.

The first hearing, a procedural hearing to ensure all parties are ready to proceed, will take place on 16th August 2023.

The full (substantive) hearing is scheduled to begin on 19th September 2023 and has been assigned for three days.

All members of the public are welcome to view the proceedings, but should pay careful attention to the legal warning on the recording and redistribution of the footage.

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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