Register for Criminal Legal Assistance
Solicitors and firms who wish to provide Criminal Legal Assistance must follow our Code of Practice. Please read this before completing the registration process.
Register a firm
Any firm that wants to be listed on the Criminal Legal Assistance Register must be registered with the Law Society of Scotland as a practice unit.
If this is the case please complete the CLAR/F form and email it to email@example.com.
- The second part of the CLAR/F form will ask you to provide details of your procedures in relation to various aspects of the Code of Practice (e.g. time recording, document control and staff supervision) and how your firm complies with these. We have provided specimen answers in Word or PDF format to assist you with this.
If you wish to change the compliance partner of your firm in the future, please have the partner who is assuming this role complete the CLAR/CP form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you work for a firm that is already registered to provide Criminal Legal Assistance then please complete the CLAR/S form and email it to email@example.com along with a copy of your current practising certificate.
What will happen once we receive your application
We will contact you once we have reviewed your application and let you know if it has been approved.
- If you are registering a firm we will also email you with login details for Legal Aid Online. This is a web-based system that you will use to submit applications, accounts and conduct other business with us.
- If your firm is already registered then your LAOL administrator will be able to create an account and provide you with these.
What you can do next
In the mean time you should familiarise yourself with Legal Aid Online information hub. There is useful information about logging into the system for the first time as well as detailed training materials on using the system.
If you require any support or further information on this registration process please email firstname.lastname@example.org.