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Criminal legal assistance helps people who have been charged with a criminal offence to get legal advice and representation. 


In most cases, you will have to apply for criminal legal assistance through your solicitor. In some cases, though, it may automatically be available immediately without having to apply. This may be through the duty solicitor.

What follows on these pages is only a guide and does not cover every circumstance:


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Legal Aid News

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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