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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

31, Jul, 2018

Criminal Justice Disability Project Report published

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30, Jul, 2018

RECRUITING: Housing and Benefits Peer Reviewers for SNSIAP

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27, Jul, 2018

Consultation on proposed changes to the Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme and peer review criteria

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06, Jul, 2018

No access to SLAB website and LAOL from old operating systems after Sunday 2 September

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28, Jun, 2018

Three more agencies achieve SNSIAP accreditation for quality of casework and representation

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