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Monitoring the availability and accessibility of legal services


The Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010 gave SLAB the function of monitoring the availability and accessibility of legal services in Scotland, with reference to relevant factors relating to urban and rural areas.


SLAB has arrangements in place to monitor legal services by:

The topics chosen for assessment under monitoring duty are based on identifying those areas of law which are either:

Previous approach to monitoring

This is a new approach to how SLAB monitors legal services. In 2017, SLAB’s approach was updated to the model above, in order to ensure the maximum utility of SLAB’s monitoring work. A news item on this shift can be found here.

SLAB’s methods in preparing the first five monitoring reports previously included consultation with a more broad-ranging, fixed group of stakeholders (the Access to Justice Reference Group) and took a more over-arching rather than targeted approach to identifying the areas of law for assessment.

Publications


For more information on this work please contact John Osborne, Policy Projects Manager, on 0131 240 1889 or
osbornejo@slab.org.uk.


Quick links

12, Oct, 2017

Changes to SLAB’s approach to monitoring of legal services

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11, Oct, 2017

Evaluations of grant funding advice programmes published

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29, Sep, 2017

Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

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28, Sep, 2017

SLAB Corporate Plan 2017-20

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25, Sep, 2017

Non lawyer members required for Criminal Quality Assurance Committee

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