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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 criminal legal aid contact criminalregister@slab.org.uk.


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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Monday, Jan 15, 2018

Help us ensure your clients’ Form 2s are completed correctly

This update seeks your help to ensure clients send us all the necessary financial information – including details of all bank accounts they have – so that applications can be processed quickly.

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Saturday, Jan 13, 2018

Meeting arranged with EBA to discuss further measures to support firms doing police station work

We have prepared an update with information about a meeting arranged with the EBA to discuss further measures to support firms doing police station work.

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Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

Concerns about manageability of police station duty scheme calls

We have prepared the following information to address concerns raised by the profession about its ability to manage the level of calls and attendances resulting from the changes to police station arrangements being introduced on 25 January.

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Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

New fees and arrangements for police station work

From 25 January 2018, police station work will be covered by increased fees on a predominantly fixed or block fee basis.

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Thursday, Jan 04, 2018

Police station arrangements from 25 January 2018 - basic processes for providing advice

This update gives information on the process for providing advice to people in a police station after the commencement on 25 January 2018 of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.

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Friday, Dec 22, 2017

Update on police station duty scheme and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016

The Scottish Parliament this week passed legal aid regulations to support the commencement on 25 January 2018 of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.

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Friday, Dec 22, 2017

Publication of the revised Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

The revised draft Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance has been approved by Annabelle Ewing, the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs.

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Thursday, Dec 21, 2017

New online account negotiation process to allow for quicker payment on reinstated work items

We are changing the way we pay abated accounts that have been submitted using the new account workbench.

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Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017

Crown link problems – sending complaints & petitions directly to SLAB

Crown Link for Receiving Copy Complaints or Petitions Currently Unavailable

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Friday, Dec 01, 2017

Revisal and re-submission of the draft Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

We have now re-submitted the draft Code to Ministers bearing several changes that have arisen as a result of further deliberations by us and others since it was first submitted in September 2017.

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Thursday, Nov 30, 2017

Change in forum for private sector tenancies and eviction proceedings

Proceedings relating to private tenancies will be heard in the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) from Friday 1 December.

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13, Apr, 2018

Fife advice agency awarded Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers accreditation

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09, Mar, 2018

Four new Board members appointed and two reappointed

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08, Mar, 2018

Easter, May Day and Spring Bank holiday office opening and payment dates

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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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