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Making Justice Work - Enabling Access to Justice

On behalf of the Scottish Government, we are project managing the Enabling Access to Justice project which aims to develop sustainable access to justice mechanisms for the early diagnosis, avoidance, prevention of escalation and resolution of civil problems or disputes. The Scottish Government intends that, by focussing on avoidance and prevention of escalation, through the development of legal capability and self-help; different methods of accessing information and advice; and mediation, there should be more resolution of problems at an earlier stage; and provide better co-ordination between the different levels of information, advice and representation.


Best value reviews

Best Value Review of Civil Legal Assistance - stage reporting process

July 2011

Read the detailed proposals here

Best Value Review of Immigration and Asylum

June 2011

Read the report and research briefing

Best Value Review of Civil Legal Assistance - Regulation 18 (special urgency) work

March 2011

You can read the report here.

Best Value Review of Mental Health work

February 2011

Read the report here and the research briefing on the CLAO Inverness training day on mental health and the law.

Best value review of the cost of civil legal aid cases

We are continuing our series of Best Value Reviews to identify the scope for reducing the costs associated with civil legal aid cases. These include: cases where both parties are in receipt of legal aid; and the use and cost of bar reports. We will carry out this work in consultation with the legal profession and make recommendations to the Scottish Government.


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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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