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You can find details below of all updates sent to the legal profession. They contain information about new developments and any changes in legal aid provision


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Solicitors registered for civil legal aid contact civilregister@slab.org.uk.

Solicitors registered for criminal legal aid contact criminalregister@slab.org.uk.


Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Legal Assistance Handbooks now accessed directly from our website

The Criminal, Civil, Legislation and Children’s (2011 Act) Legal Assistance Handbooks are now hosted directly on our website.

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Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

REMINDER: application deadline for Children’s Duty Plan

Firms wishing to take part in the 2017/18 Children’s Duty Plan, which begins in June, are reminded that they must submit applications no later than 19 May 2017.

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Thursday, Apr 06, 2017

Keycards for 2017/18 published

The keycards for 2017/18, which came into effect on Thursday 6 April, have been published on our website.

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Friday, Mar 31, 2017

Update and Q&A on the consultation on the draft Criminal Code of Practice

After receiving a request from the Law Society of Scotland, we have extended the consultation period to 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

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Thursday, Mar 16, 2017

Online Accounts Redevelopment - release of new civil screens

This update contains information on the following accounts products and developments.

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Friday, Mar 03, 2017

REMINDER: New Terms & Conditions for Legal Aid Online

The new Terms and Conditions (Ts&Cs) for Legal Aid Online are due to go live next week.

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Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Apply for Children’s Duty Scheme 2017-2018 – deadline 19 May 2017

Firms wishing to take part in the Children’s Duty Plan to run from Monday 26 June 2017 to Sunday 24 June 2018 are invited to apply now.

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Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

Children's Quality Assurance Scheme

We intend to introduce a separate Children’s Quality Assurance Scheme during 2017 for all solicitors who are registered with SLAB to provide children’s legal assistance.

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Monday, Feb 06, 2017

New Terms and Conditions relating to Legal Aid Online

We have prepared some additional information on the new Legal Aid Online Terms and Conditions (Ts&Cs) following feedback from the Law Society of Scotland’s Legal Aid Team at the end of last year.

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Monday, Feb 06, 2017

Consultation launched on a revised Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

We are inviting solicitors to give their views on a revised Code of Practice in relation to criminal legal assistance.

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Monday, Jan 30, 2017

Project to review and improve Legal Assistance Handbooks

This update explains about: • work beginning on a project to look at SLAB’s legal assistance handbooks • the handbooks moving platform

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Thursday, Dec 15, 2016

Children’s Duty Scheme – Festive period arrangements

Find out the festive arrangements for the Scottish Children’s Reporter’s Administration, CPOs, out of hour increases from SLAB and duty plan contact.

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Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016

Enhanced telephone support for financial assessment

This update provides information about reduced rejection rates following the introduction of enhanced telephone support for applicants for civil legal aid who do not receive a passporting benefit and have to complete a Financial Form 2.

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Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016

Solemn Procedure and the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016

Part 3 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016, some of which is likely to be brought into effect early in 2017, introduces a number of changes in relation to solemn procedure.

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Friday, Nov 25, 2016

Legal aid provision for the Upper Tribunal for Scotland

This update provides information about changes to the regulations relating to civil legal aid and associated fees and outlays.

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Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016

Introduction of new Legal Aid Online Terms & Conditions moved to new year

We will issue further information shortly about the Ts&Cs to explain the context of some of the clauses before you sign-up.

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Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Reminder: New Legal Aid Online Terms & Conditions being released on 24 November

As explained in our earlier update you must log in and accept these within 90 days to continue to use the system, or allow an administrator to send work on your behalf.

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Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

New Simple Procedure rules from 28 November 2016

This update provides information about changes to the regulations for civil legal aid arising from implementation of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 in relation to the introduction of the new ‘simple procedure’ (provided for at section 72(9) of the 2014 Act).

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Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Email to criminal solicitors to confirm registered details

An email was sent today to all solicitors currently listed on the Criminal Legal Assistance Register asking them to confirm that the details we currently hold for them are correct.

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Thursday, Oct 06, 2016

New Legal Aid Online Terms & Conditions to be released in November

In order to continue using LAOL, or to allow an administrator to send work on your behalf, the new Ts&Cs must be accepted within 90 days.

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23, Apr, 2017

Statement on the draft Criminal Code of Practice

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07, Apr, 2017

Civil Legal Assistance Office service delivery model planning

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13, Mar, 2017

Research to review and improve legal assistance handbooks

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