Information for the public About us

Children's handbooks


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. 



Legal Aid Online

Legal services providers please click here to log in to Legal Aid Online  loginBtn

23, Jun, 2017

Legal Aid Applicant Sentenced for Fraud

Read article

22, Jun, 2017

First advice agencies accredited under new Scottish National Standards process

Read article

18, May, 2017

Upcoming research with people who have used the Public Defence Solicitors’ Office (PDSO)

Read article

11, May, 2017

Annual update on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Criminal Legal Assistance

Read article

22, Feb, 2017

Serious concerns raised over methodology, analysis and underlying data in Law Society’s financial health report

Read article