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Criminal Justice Act - Police station proposals
Monday, May 15, 2017
A simplified process and new fees will be introduced for police station work.
The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs has now written to the Law Society of Scotland outlining her position on these new fees.
This includes increases to the initial proposals for block fees for police station work, and increases to the time when a premium will be paid and applying this to travelling time and phone calls too.
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice’s decision to reschedule commencement of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 also now provides an opportunity over the summer months to engage with solicitors on the Scottish Government’s proposals for the provision of police station advice and on future wider changes to summary and solemn criminal legal aid fee structures.
It will also allow for further discussions with solicitors as we respond to feedback and develop the new draft Criminal Code of Practice.
The new police station fees will help to ensure that the appropriate changes to criminal legal assistance are in place in time for the implementation of Part 1 of the 2016 Act relating to new police station procedures and rights, which is now expected to be later in the winter.
The new fees:
- Increase payments to solicitors for carrying out police station work
- Simplify the administration of the payment process - making it easier for solicitors to claim payment
You can also download a PDF version of the above information
For more information, please contact: Kingsley Thomas, Head of Criminal Legal Assistance, E;
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