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2015 mailshots and updates


These are the mailshots and updates we sent to the legal profession during 2015.


Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015

Launch of online accounts pilot phase 2

This is an update on phase 1 of the pilot for the new online accounts products and the plans to launch phase 2 of the pilot early next year.

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Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015

Civil legal aid and the Sheriff Appeal Court

This update provides information about changes to the regulations relating to civil legal aid and related matters arising from further implementation of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 in relation to the Sheriff Appeal Court and its civil jurisdiction.

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Friday, Dec 11, 2015

Children’s duty scheme – Festive period arrangements

We have been advised by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) that its offices will be open until 5pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

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Thursday, Dec 03, 2015

Revised guidance on legal aid for contact actions – effective 7 December

This is a reminder that the revised guidance on applications for civil legal aid for contact actions is effective from 7 December 2015.

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Thursday, Dec 03, 2015

Child Welfare Reporters in cases involving orders under Section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

To avoid difficulties and delays at the accounts stage our prior approval is needed for any child welfare report where the cost is likely to be in excess of £3,000.

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Thursday, Nov 26, 2015

Solicitor registration for children’s legal assistance required to provide children’s hearings ABWOR

We have encountered some accounts recently where we have had to either delay or refuse payment because a registered solicitor had not provided the representation.

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Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015

Revised guidance on legal aid for contact actions

We have updated the guidance about applications for legal aid to both pursue and defend contact actions. It will be effective for all applications received from 7 December.

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Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

Requesting copies of Form 2

For those clients who want to complete a paper form in writing, we have put in place temporary arrangements so you can request printed copies be sent to your office.

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Thursday, Oct 08, 2015

Criminal ABWOR & Solemn Exceptional Status Applications

From 19 October 2015, you will be able to submit Criminal ABWOR or Solemn exceptional status applications online.

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Thursday, Oct 08, 2015

Children’s and Civil Legal Assistance Update

This update provides solicitors with information about selecting the correct category code when admitting clients to advice and assistance and the availability of ABWOR for non deemed Relevant Persons.

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Friday, Oct 02, 2015

SLAB’s plan for legal aid review published

We have published details of our Engagement Plan for working with the legal profession and others to deliver fresh options as part of a review of the legal aid system.

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Friday, Sep 18, 2015

Courts Reform - the Legal Aid (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2015

This update provides solicitors with information about forthcoming changes to the civil, criminal and ABWOR legal aid regulations.

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Friday, Sep 18, 2015

Criminal Legal Assistance Procedures For Sheriff Appeal Court Changes

Part of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act comes into force on 22 September 2015, including the new Sheriff Appeal Court procedure. The legal aid procedures required for the new Sheriff Appeal Court are as follows.

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Friday, Sep 18, 2015

Guidance on applications for A&A and Civil Legal Aid for Judicial Review

Changes in the way that petitions for judicial review will be dealt with will come into effect on 22 September as part of the implementation of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

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Thursday, Sep 10, 2015

Children’s Duty Scheme – 28th September 2015 to 26th June 2016 plan now available

The Children's duty plans for the next nine months are now available on our website.

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Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

Deadline for using new Form 2

From 1 September all applications for civil legal aid must be made using the updated version of Form 2 that’s now available on our website’s form page

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Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015

Online Account redevelopment - Phase 1 Launch

A number of firms have been invited to work with us to trial the new online account platform.

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Thursday, Aug 06, 2015

Applications by children for Civil Legal Assistance

We have produced extended guidance to cover a number of the situations we have encountered when dealing with applications by children for Civil Legal Assistance.

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Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Invite to take part in survey on solicitors’ role in Children’s Hearings

On our behalf, CELCIS is seeking views of solicitors, and other stakeholders, on the operation of the Children’s Hearings system since the implementation of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011.

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Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Further information on the system changes to enable the verification of passported benefits with the DWP

Detailed information on the changes you will experience for civil legal aid applications.

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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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