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Transitional arrangements

Although the new provisions came into effect on 24 June 2013 they initially affected only new cases. For a period of time, older cases continued to be dealt with under the previous statutory provisions.

Please select the appropriate handbook below:

Children’s Proceedings under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

Children’s Proceedings under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011


CHIP - Vision and Values statement

The Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP) has produced a Vision and Values Statement, which is supported by all of those organisations involved in the children’s hearings system, including SLAB and the Law Society of Scotland.

The statement aims to set clear expectations of all of those working in it, including the following key components:

Solicitors who provide representation under children’s legal assistance should have regard to the Vision and Values when working in the children’s hearings system. 



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Statement on the draft Criminal Code of Practice

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Civil Legal Assistance Office service delivery model planning

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Conference for lawyers involved in Children’s Hearings - Friday 19 May

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Research to review and improve legal assistance handbooks

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