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You can find details below of all updates sent to the legal profession. They contain information about new developments and any changes in legal aid provision


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Solicitors registered for civil legal aid contact civilregister@slab.org.uk.

Solicitors registered for criminal legal aid contact criminalregister@slab.org.uk.


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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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Dedicated sanction guidance hub added to Civil Handbook

Additional guidance has been published in the Civil Handbook to complement the existing information about sanctions.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Annual update on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Criminal Legal Assistance

The fifth annual update highlighting, in general terms, the issues and areas of good practice and the areas for improvement identified in the peer reviews considered between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 has been released.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Notice of changes to Scottish Legal Aid Board Legal Aid Online terms and conditions

Notice is given that in terms of paragraph 25 of the Online Terms that paragraph 13.1 of the Online Terms has been amended with effect from 22 May 2018.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Changes to Children's A&A/ABWOR applications, revised data protection notices and declarations and release of children’s online accounts

This update contains information about system changes that will go live on the evening of Wednesday 23 May.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Choosing police station duty location and revised data protection notices and declarations

This update contains information about system changes that will go live on the evening of Wednesday 23 May relating to entering police station locations for Criminal Justice Act – Police Station A&A, the Data Protection Bill and training and guidance.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Changes to CivSol applications, revised data protection notices and declarations and Civil block fees

This update contains information about a number of system changes that will go live on the evening of Wednesday 23 May.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Publication of Glasgow Sheriff Court Practice Note in Children’s referral cases and associated Children’s Handbook amendments

Practitioners in the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin may be aware that Sheriff Principal Turnbull has issued a new Practice Note that requires to be applied in children’s court proceedings within his Sheriffdom. It may be that in due course other Sheriff Principals will adopt a similar Practice Note.

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Monday, Apr 30, 2018

Part-time peer reviewers needed for Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme

We are recruiting more solicitors experienced in criminal law and the criminal legal assistance system to join our panel of Peer Reviewers for the Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme.

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Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018

Short solicitor email surveys to measure satisfaction with service

Help us measure your satisfaction with our service.

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Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018

Solicitors invited to give their views on experiences of resolving child contact disputes

We have commissioned the independent research agency Wellside Research Ltd to find out more about people’s experiences of resolving a child contact dispute.

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Thursday, Mar 29, 2018

Keycards for 2018/19 published

The keycards for 2018/19, which will come into effect on Monday 2 April, have been published on our website.

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Monday, Mar 05, 2018

System enhancements for Children’s A&A and ABWOR applications postponed

System enhancements for Children’s A&A and ABWOR applications postponed until a later date.

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Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

Apply for Children’s Duty Scheme 2018-2019

Firms wishing to take part in the Children’s Duty Plan to run from Monday 25 June 2018 to Sunday 23 June 2019 are invited to apply now.

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Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018

Police Station Advice & Assistance - changes to online system

A number of amendments have been made to Legal Aid Online in relation to the new Police Station A&A system.

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Friday, Feb 02, 2018

Q and As on the new police station advice arrangements

This latest update takes the form of a series of Q&As, based on the most common questions we have been asked since the new legal aid regulations and systems were introduced for the implementation of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 on 25 January 2018.

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Friday, Feb 02, 2018

First week’s data on police station advice

We have published the first data on the uptake of police station advice following the introduction of the new arrangements on 25 January 2018.

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Friday, Jan 19, 2018

New Advice and Assistance/ABWOR system for Police Station advice

The new legal aid regulations coming into force on 25 January 2018 for the implementation of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 have allowed us to develop a new and much simpler way of intimating grants of Advice and Assistance for police station work, and for claiming payments for this.

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Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

Police Scotland guidance and forms for Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016

Police Scotland has provided its new operating procedures and guidance to support the legal profession in the transition towards implementation of Part 1 of the CJ Act on 25 January.

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23, May, 2018

Glasgow City Council v SLAB judicial review case

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09, Mar, 2018

Four new Board members appointed and two reappointed

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28, Feb, 2018

SLAB welcomes publication of legal aid review report

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03, Nov, 2017

Annual Report 2016-17 published

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