A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the law of defamation; replace the common law delicts of verbal injury with delicts of malicious publication; and for connected purposes.

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf MSP, on 2 December 2019.

In 2019 the Scottish Government published a consultation exploring aspects of the Scottish Law Commission’s recommendations in their report on defamation and accompanying draft bill, to ensure that any reform to defamation law could be fully tested.