SLAB is committed to the promotion of equality and to tackling discrimination of any form, including age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation
Our equality aims and priorities
Equality and diversity matter to us and we continue to work hard to comply with the Equality Act 2010 and associated Scottish Specific Equality Duties. In April 2013 we identified four equality outcomes to achieve by April 2017.
These outcomes are based on evidence we have collected and on feedback from our staff and various representative bodies. We believe they challenge us positively in the right areas and will make a real difference. Our equality outcomes for 2013-2017 are:
People, irrespective of their equality characteristics, have equal access to appropriate information that helps them in accessing legal assistance in a timely manner
People who apply for legal assistance are aware of why we collect equalities information and can conveniently disclose this information
Our diverse workforce is aware and understands equalities and diversity and the impact of this in helping us manage and deliver our business
Those who deliver legal assistance are aware and understand equalities and diversity and the impact on the accessibility of legal assistance
In April 2015 we published a progress report outlining our achievements against these outcomes and areas where we need to improve. The report shows how we continue to mainstream equality across our business and provides updated equality monitoring data and equal pay information.
More information can be found in the Equality Mainstreaming and Equality Outcomes reports and additional information below:
Previous equality schemes published:
Consulting with our stakeholders
We are committed to involving and consulting with our stakeholders in our equality work. We have used interviews and focus groups to inform our equality schemes. We also regularly collect equality information in our more general research and national surveys. See our research pages for the research we have done to engage with our stakeholders. Recent equality research and consultations include:
- Disability Equality Research 2006. (pdf format)
- Gender Equality Research 2007. (pdf format)
- Race Equality Research 2008. (pdf format)
- Disability involvement project 2009/2010. We worked with other partners across the justice sector to commission number of involvement events with disabled people. This aimed to identify the factors that created barriers for disabled people who are using the justice system and to discuss how to improve disabled people's experiences of and access to the justice system. The work was managed by Capability Scotland and full details, including the final report, can be found on its website.
- We are members of the Working Group on Interpreting and Translation (WGIT) along with other criminal justice partners. The WGIT aims to establish the highest possible standards of interpreting and translation services across the Scottish Criminal Justice arena. In 2013 the WGIT commissioned Skills for Justice to carry out a scoping exercise to review and evaluate the provision of interpreting and translation across the Scottish Criminal Justice Sector. The Skills for Justice report ‘Enhancing the professionalising of the provision of interpreting in the Scottish Criminal Justice system’ and WGIT joint statement outline the research findings and recommendations.
Have your say
We are keen to hear your views about our approach to equality; the priorities we have identified and how you think our policies or functions impact on equality. Please contact us to provide feedback or let us know if you wish to be further involved in SLAB's equality work.
Corporate Policy Officer (Equalities)
Direct dial: 0131 240 1981
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Legal aid review plan published
15, Sep, 2015
Police station duty scheme update
10, Sep, 2015
Sheriff Appeal Court – example fee scenarios
04, Sep, 2015
Sheriff Appeal Court information
26, Aug, 2015
Free event – Shared perspectives on the outcomes of advice – Tuesday 27 October 2015
20, Aug, 2015
Positive feedback on Solicitor Contact Line
30, Jun, 2015
New Parliamentary regulations remove restriction on ABWOR in Double Jeopardy cases
22, Apr, 2015
Lindsay Montgomery to retire as SLAB’s Chief Executive
16, Mar, 2015
Police station duty scheme update