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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

12, Oct, 2017

Changes to SLAB’s approach to monitoring of legal services

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11, Oct, 2017

Evaluations of grant funding advice programmes published

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29, Sep, 2017

Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

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