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Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019

Apply for the Children’s Hearings Duty Scheme 2019-2020

Firms wishing to take part in the Children’s Duty Plan to run from Monday 24 June 2019 to Sunday 21 June 2020 are invited to apply now.

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Thursday, Jan 24, 2019

New SLAB performance measures provide a whole service assessment and drive improvements

The way we measure what we do and how well we do it has changed following a review of our performance framework.

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Thursday, Nov 22, 2018

Report published on outcome of Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme and Peer Review criteria consultation

Six responses to the consultation were received, four from individual solicitors, one from the Law Society of Scotland (LSS), and one from the Glasgow Bar Association (GBA

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Monday, Oct 22, 2018

New guidance on submitting Children’s legal aid accounts - certificates and synopsis will no longer be issued in paper format

An online notification will be sent once the application has been granted. You can still request a copy of the certificate by submitting a request by way of an online message on the application.

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Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

Proceeds of crime cases with different solicitors

We have recently been advised about legal aid difficulties arising in some Proceeds of Crime cases.

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Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Improved limits on A&A family case templates and new Power of Attorney option

We have raised some of the template increase values available on new A&A applications submitted after Sunday 30 September. We have also added a new template.

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Monday, Oct 15, 2018

New templated increase in Children’s ABWOR cases

We have introduced a templated increase for new ABWOR applications submitted after 30 September for six specified hearing types which are:

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Monday, Oct 08, 2018

Surveys show solicitor satisfaction with SLAB service but identify areas of concern

A series of micro-surveys run over a six-month period across all legal aid types have shown a high degree of solicitor satisfaction with our applications and accounts service.

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Monday, Sep 24, 2018

Changes to Online Civil A&A and ABWOR application functions

Changes to civil A&A and ABWOR applications will go live on Legal Aid Online on Sunday 30 September. These are the final part of our redevelopment of A&A applications.

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Monday, Sep 24, 2018

Changes to Civil LAOL accounts

The next phase of our online accounts redevelopment is nearing completion.

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Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018

Research estimates around 70 trainees in firms providing criminal training

SLAB and the Law Society of Scotland are working together to establish an accurate picture of the number of trainees involved in criminal practice.

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Monday, Sep 17, 2018

Publication of Lothian and Borders Sheriff Court Practice Note in Children’s referral cases

It deals with the efficient determination of such cases in court and can be found at Part 7, Appendix 3 of the Children’s Handbook.

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Monday, Aug 06, 2018

Annual update on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Children’s Legal Assistance

This update provides details of the decisions taken during the first six months since the Children’s Quality Assurance Scheme was introduced in December 2017. It provides details of some of the common issues identified, areas of good practice and areas for improvements identified by peer reviewers in reviews considered between 1 December 2017 and 31 May 2018.

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Friday, Aug 03, 2018

FAQs on Advice & Assistance system for Criminal Justice Act

Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 was implemented on 25 January 2018. It brought in new police station procedures and rights to legal advice.

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Thursday, Jul 12, 2018

Glasgow Alcohol Court

A new Alcohol Court is now sitting on a weekly basis in Glasgow Sheriff Court. This new court is only dealing with matters post-conviction, and cases will be referred to this court under any of sections 201, 202 or 203 of the 1995 Act.

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Thursday, Jul 12, 2018

High Court Practice Note and Protocol on the Management of Lengthy and Complex Criminal Cases

No legal aid changes are needed for this at present.

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Monday, Jul 02, 2018

AWI guidance section added to Civil Handbook

The information reflects our established practice and is not new policy.

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Thursday, Jun 28, 2018

Legal aid continues to be available for court-ordered family therapy

The costs of family therapy ordered by the courts have been met under grants of civil legal aid since June 2016 under Regulation 21 of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Regulations 2002 .

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Friday, Jun 15, 2018

New plans online for Children’s Duty Scheme – 25 June 2018 to 23 June 2019

The Children’s Hearings Duty Plans for the next 12 months are now available on our website.

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Thursday, Jun 14, 2018

Update to Children’s Handbook regarding sanction for unusual work

We have amended the Children’s Handbook at Part 3, Chapter 6, Section 6.36 - ‘Work of an unusual nature’ to clarify when you require sanction for work of an unusual nature when you have children’s legal aid in place.

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14, Feb, 2019

Legal aid applicant fined after pleading guilty to fraud

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13, Feb, 2019

Non-solicitor vacancy on the Civil Legal Aid Quality Assurance Committee

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12, Dec, 2018

Annual Report 2017-18 published

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29, Nov, 2018

SLAB welcomes publication of Scottish Government response to Legal Aid Review

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19, Oct, 2018

Make payment to us online through SLABPAY

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