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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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To receive updates please contact Receipts and Payments with your email address on 0131 240 2080 or by email.

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

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


Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016

New plans online for Children’s Duty Scheme – 27 June 2016 to 25 June 2017

The Children’s Hearings Duty Plans for the next 12 months are now available on our website.

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Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016

Roll out of agents to prison video link reaches final stage

With the successful completion of our agents to prisons video link pilot we would now like to encourage all firms who travel to prisons to register to use the video facilities.

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Thursday, Jun 02, 2016

Streamlining the legal aid process for Civil practitioners

This update outlines six initial enhancements developed as part of the civil streamlining strand of work that the Scottish Government asked SLAB to carry out as part of a review of the government’s strategy for legal aid.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

New and improved Online Mandates

We plan to remove the existing versions from our website and replace them with our new online mandates on 23 June 2016.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Handbook amendments on the Duty Scheme, written submissions and taking statements

We have inserted some additional guidance in the Children’s Legal Assistance Handbook for proceedings under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Significant trends and issues arising from the compliance audits performed in 2015-16.

We performed Compliance Audits of 154 firms registered for criminal legal assistance, with the majority of firms found to comply with the requirements of the Code of Practice.

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Annual update on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Criminal Legal Assistance

This update provides details of the decisions taken and the findings relating to the Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme, for reviews which were considered between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015.

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Thursday, Apr 07, 2016

Apply for Children’s Duty Scheme 2016-2017 – deadline 27 May 2016

The current Children’s Legal Assistance Duty Plan expires on 26 June 2016.

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Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016

Extension of interim solemn payments trial

The trial period for the extended interim solemn payment arrangements has been extended and will now end on Friday 29th April 2016.

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Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016

Online Accounts redevelopment

This update provides information on the new screens that are now available following the roll out of phase 1 accounts products, submitting transfer cases online, a new process for submitting paper accounts and the launch of the phase 2 accounts products pilot.

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Thursday, Mar 17, 2016

Reminder: new online screens for new accounts from 31 March

We have now fully rolled out the accounts phase 1 products. This update provides details of how to access the guidance materials and what to do if you require further assistance.

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Thursday, Mar 10, 2016

30% of firms registered for legal aid get improved listings on our Solicitor Finder tool

We have updated the Solicitor Finder following a questionnaire sent out last year

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Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016

REMINDER: Interim solemn payments trial due to end 17th March

The trial period for the extended interim payment arrangement ends on Thursday 17th March 2016.

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Monday, Mar 07, 2016

Removal of client contributions from police interview Advice and Assistance

This update is to inform you of new regulations that will apply to any grant of Advice and Assistance (A&A) made after 00.01 on the night/morning of Thursday 31 March/Friday 1 April

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Friday, Mar 04, 2016

Full release of online accounts pilot phase 1 products

This is an update on the accounts pilot and our plans to fully release the phase 1 products to the profession on 7 March 2016.

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Thursday, Mar 03, 2016

Guidance on legal aid online mandates

This update informs you about the requirement for Legal Aid Online mandates - what to do with them; how they fit into the legal aid process and the consequences for quality assurance.

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Thursday, Mar 03, 2016

Opposition to applications for commission and diligence re sensitive records in criminal proceedings

We have prepared some guidance following the Scottish Government's determination in terms of section 4(2)(c) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 made following the case of WF v Scottish Ministers [2016] CSOH 27.

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Thursday, Feb 18, 2016

Children's Legal Assistance - Frequently Asked Questions

We have produced a new FAQs section in the Children’s Legal Assistance Handbook to help you find quick answers to queries on legal aid aspects of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011.

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Friday, Feb 12, 2016

Solicitor Contact Line - agent to Stranraer police station pilot

The pilot commenced this week and will run for 12 months with a review planned after 6 months.

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18, May, 2017

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

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11, May, 2017

Annual update on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Criminal Legal Assistance

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08, May, 2017

Scottish Child Law Centre training event - Child-Centred Legal Practice in The Children’s Hearing System

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08, May, 2017

Scottish Child Law Centre training event - Getting Sibling Contact Right

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