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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


The updates are shown in date order. To find a particular topic, use the website's Search tool to search the content of mailings.

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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, 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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23, Jun, 2017

Legal Aid Applicant Sentenced for Fraud

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22, Jun, 2017

First advice agencies accredited under new Scottish National Standards process

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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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