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Monitoring the availability and accessibility of legal services

The Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010 gave SLAB the new function of monitoring the availability and accessibility of legal services in Scotland, with reference to relevant factors relating to urban and rural areas.


SLAB has put in place arrangements to do this by:

The Access to Justice Reference Group assists with providing stakeholder views. The AJRG is a group of bodies with a shared interest in, and experience of, the provision or use of legal services. Its role is to help define the scope of legal service, provide information and insight into access to legal services and to review data prepared and gathered by SLAB and others on these matters.

The AJRG is made up of the following members:

The first monitoring report, prepared by SLAB in 2012, sets out in more detail what we are doing and the findings so far.

The second monitoring report prepared by the organisation was published in 2013. (PDF) (Word)

The third monitoring report prepared by the organisation was published in 2014. (PDF) (Word)

The fourth monitoring report was published in February 2016. We are also publishing a number of position papers which were not included in the main body of the report for the sake of brevity.


For more information on this work please contact John Osborne, Policy Development Officer, on 0131 240 1889 or

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04, Feb, 2016

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