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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.


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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Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

Advice and Assistance verification – online banking and banking apps

We have updated our guidance on A&A financial verification to take account of developments in online banking since it was issued.

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Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

LAOL guidance on duty accounts, hardship applications and criminal A&A notifications

Information on recent updates to Legal Aid Online and a reminder of some of the benefits of completing certain tasks on the system.

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Monday, Nov 13, 2017

New Procedure for Applications for Payment of Expenses from the Legal Aid Fund

There is a new procedure for applications for payment of expenses out of the Scottish Legal Aid Fund in civil cases in terms of Section 19 of the 1986 Act.

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Thursday, Nov 09, 2017

Changes to LAOL Criminal A&A and ABWOR system

Changes were implemented to the online Criminal A&A and ABWOR system at the end of August and we made a few further updates to the system on Monday 6 November.

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Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

A final draft of an updated Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance has been submitted to Ministers for consideration and approval.

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Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

Changes to the arrangements for opposing applications for orders for recovery of sensitive documents in criminal proceedings

The Advice and Assistance (Proceedings for Recovery of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 came into effect on 13 September 2017.

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Thursday, Sep 21, 2017

Improvements made to Legal Aid Online Declarations and Forms page

We have streamlined the way users can access this information by developing a Document Finder tool to make the selection process much simpler.

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Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

Children’s Quality Assurance Scheme set to launch

Peer reviews of children’s legal assistance files will be starting in late September 2017.

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Thursday, Sep 07, 2017

LAOL notifications filter to be reinstated

This follows requests and feedback from solicitors who highlighted the benefits of being able to filter the columns.

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Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

Criminal appeals - help to ensure legal aid cover is in place

The revised procedures we introduced in 2015 for criminal appeals appear to be working well in the majority of cases. However, the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Team has made us aware that some solicitors and counsel find the timescales very tight to apply for full legal aid once leave to appeal has been granted.

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Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

No legal aid changes required following implementation of new Sheriff and Jury procedures

This update is to confirm that no legal aid changes are required to accommodate the new Sheriff and Jury procedure changes implemented over the summer under Part 3 of the Criminal Justice Scotland Act 2016.

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Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017

Online system improvements to go live Sunday 27 August

These include various changes benefitting all LAOL users as well as the system improvements for criminal A&A and ABWOR applications that we explained in our last update.

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Thursday, Aug 03, 2017

Over 250 solicitors now registered for agents to prison video link

We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the video link and remind you of the benefits of using the video link.

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