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Legal services and advice providers

Resources for solicitors and other advice providers to help them effectively provide legal assistance


 Out of Hours Solicitors' Urgent Increase Helpline

For solicitors' use only to make all urgent increase requests.

Tel: 07711424344


Mon-Fri     17.00 - 22.00

Sat-Sun    10.00 - 22.00

Voicemail messages can be left outwith these hours.

We publish a Code of Practice in relation to Criminal Legal Assistance and Code of Practice in relation to Children’s Legal Assistance.

Guidance on interpreting and translation fees, and the Register of interpreters can be viewed here.

The Civil Legal Assistance, the Criminal Legal Assistance and the Children's Legal Assistance Registers can be viewed here.

Legal Aid Online

You can find out information about how Legal Aid online works, how to get started and get technical help, access E-learning and guidance, information about Legal Aid Online Roadshows and the Legal Aid Online E-newsletter to Firm Administrators.

Legal assistance handbooks

Access the Legal Aid Handbooks which contain all the legal aid legislation and our policies and guidance.

Mailshots & updates

Read all the mailshots issued to solicitors about developments in legal aid.

Forms and mandates

You can access the legal aid forms for any remaining paper processes and the Legal Aid Online mandates and data capture forms.

Solicitor registration

Full information and documentation for solicitors wishing to register for Criminal, Civil and Children’s legal assistance.

Duty plans

We operate both the court duty solicitor scheme and the Children's Hearings duty scheme in Scotland. You can view all the duty plans across the country here.

Reforms and projects

Find out more about the upcoming reforms to legal aid or projects we are working on.

Advice sector

This section provides an overview for advice professionals of the targeted projects we fund to assist people who have civil problems.

National Fraud Initiative

We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

Requesting leaflets and window stickers and using the Scottish Legal Aid logo 


Section 31 powers, exclusion decisions and procedure

Details of the procedure SLAB will follow in determining whether to exclude a solicitor or advocate under Section 31 of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986.

Exclusion decisions are also listed.

Legal Aid Online

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Providers News

12, Feb, 2016

Police station duty scheme update

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26, Jan, 2016

SNSIAP Update January 2016

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14, Jan, 2016

Police station duty scheme update

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18, Dec, 2015

SLAB's annual report for 2014-2015 published

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11, Dec, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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04, Nov, 2015

SLAB to develop and implement new sustainable accreditation model for advice providers

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30, Oct, 2015

Criminal Courts Practice Note No 3 of 2015 - Sheriff Court Solemn Procedure

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30, Oct, 2015

£7,500 confiscation order against ex-Advocate

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27, Oct, 2015

Conference explores the developing role advice services play in tackling inequalities

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23, Oct, 2015

Success of joint-funding approach sees projects extended into 2016

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02, Oct, 2015

Legal aid review plan published

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30, Jun, 2015

New Parliamentary regulations remove restriction on ABWOR in Double Jeopardy cases

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16, Mar, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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