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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.


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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Monday, Feb 01, 2016

Case Management System Update - standing data now available

The standing data has now been released and available in the following xml files

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Monday, Jan 25, 2016

Trial extension to arrangements for interim payment of solemn criminal legal aid fees

Following discussions with the Scottish Government we are now able to put in place an extended interim payment arrangement for a trial period up to and including 17 March 2016.

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Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

Data protection obligations: SLAB and practitioners

This update offers guidance on how to send correspondence, attachments and client files to us.

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Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

New category codes in preparation for moving submission of solemn criminal accounts online

Firms taking part in phase 2 of our online accounts pilot will shortly be able to submit solemn criminal accounts online.

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Monday, Jan 18, 2016

Survey on Keycards

We are reviewing the content and format of the Keycards as part of our ongoing commitment to providing reliable and practical guidance.

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Thursday, Jan 14, 2016

Online guide for child welfare reports

An interactive flowchart is now available to help you with queries that can arise about the cover needed for child welfare reports.

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13, Mar, 2017

Research to review and improve legal assistance handbooks

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07, Mar, 2017

Legal aid applicant sentenced for fraud

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06, Feb, 2017

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

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01, Feb, 2017

SLAB welcomes independent strategic review of legal aid

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01, Feb, 2017

Change to CLAO email addresses

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30, Nov, 2016

SLAB annual report 2015-2016 published

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17, Nov, 2016

Civil legal aid solicitors invited to give feedback on satisfaction with SLAB services

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15, Nov, 2016

Performance Auditor for SNSIAP appointed

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19, Sep, 2016

LAOL downtime - Monday 26 September

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