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SLAB welcomes independent strategic review of legal aid

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017

The Scottish Government has announced an independent review of legal aid and the setting up of an expert advisory group, which includes Colin Lancaster, the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s chief executive.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, Ms Annabelle Ewing MSP, the Minister for Community Justice and Legal Affairs, said the review was to last a year and would be chaired by Martyn Evans, chief executive of the Carnegie Trust.

Commenting on the review, Colin Lancaster, Chief Executive of SLAB, said:

“We welcome the independent review of legal aid announced today in Parliament by Ms Annabelle Ewing MSP, the Minister for Community Justice and Legal Affairs.

“The review is a great opportunity to reflect on the strengths of the legal aid system in Scotland but also to identify opportunities for change and improvement.

“This will help ensure that our legal aid system responds to the needs of those who rely upon it, delivers positive outcomes and is able to adapt to the changing environment within which it must operate.

“I look forward to working with the review chair, Martyn Evans, and the other members of the review panel over the coming 12 months and engaging with those with an interest in legal aid.

“In the meantime, we will continue with the work already underway to develop and implement proposals to streamline and modernise the current system to ensure it keeps providing legal assistance to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access it.”

Details of the review are on the Scottish Government's website.


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