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Forms, online mandates and materials
Forms, online mandates and legal aid materials are free for solicitors and advice sector organisations.
This section provides resources for solicitors and advisers who provide advice and representation through legal aid. Only a solicitor can complete and submit a legal aid application to us. To make an application for legal aid you should therefore consult your solicitor. If you want to find out information about applying for legal aid, go to the Information for the Public section.
As we’ve moved to an online application system, we no longer supply paper application forms. We cannot accept paper application forms as all intimations need to be made using the online system.
Legal Aid Forms
Most paper processes have been replaced by Legal Aid Online. However, some paper based processes remain. We provide digital (pdf) versions of forms here.
Client Online Mandates
Online mandates should be used for obtaining clients’ signatures.
In some cases we have also provided a data capture form. Use of the data capture forms, which can also be downloaded, is optional. They are intended for gathering all the relevant information about the case.
For more information about client online mandates and data capture forms, and to download them, please go here.
For every advice and assistance, criminal or civil legal aid application, transfer and criminal review (of a decision to refuse legal aid) application made online, your firm must obtain and retain the client’s signature, to be stored in your office. You can do this by either printing the completed online application or the client online mandate. You do not have to send us a copy, but as part of our audits and quality checks, we will randomly verify that applications or mandates have been signed.If necessary, you may complete the application in the absence of your client. However, it will remain your responsibility to ensure that your client signs and dates it.
Once you have successfully completed an application online there is an option to print the application. This is the simplest and most efficient way to obtain the client’s signature if you are completing the application online while the client is in your office. At the bottom of the printout, there is a space for the client's signature.
Ensure that both the client and solicitor sign and date this and that you keep it in the client’s file.
If you are not completing the application online while the client is in your office, you should use the appropriate Legal Aid Online mandate to record key information and capture the applicant's and solicitor's signatures. All mandates must be:
- Signed and dated by the client
- Signed and dated by the solicitor
- Completed in full, including details of the type of ABWOR granted, where applicable
- The criminal review requires only the client’s signature.
In some cases we have also provided a data capture form to capture additional information. We have produced this following feedback and it is designed to help your business processes. It allows the solicitor to record the information required for the application. The solicitor can then use this to personally complete the application online, or give it to a member of staff to complete online, or dictate the details to a member of staff to complete the application online. The data capture form is not required to be signed or retained.
Legal Aid Online
13, Nov, 2014
Cabinet Secretary for Justice responds to questions on the legal aid systemRead article
05, Nov, 2014
Comment on Law Society of Scotland's discussion paperRead article
31, Oct, 2014
Annual Report 2013-2014Read article
29, Oct, 2014
Edinburgh advice projects mark success of first yearRead article
19, Oct, 2014
New projects to help families tackle money worriesRead article
13, Oct, 2014
Police station duty scheme updateRead article
02, Oct, 2014
Clarification on Faculty of Advocates' select committee submissionRead article
22, Aug, 2014
Submission of summary criminal applicationsRead article
12, Jun, 2014
SLAB moving to new offices in Autumn 2014Read article
12, Jun, 2014
Face to face legal services and their alternativesRead article
14, Mar, 2014
Advocate Mark Strachan sentenced to two years imprisonment for fraud and attempted fraudRead article
27, Sep, 2013
Annual Report 2012-2013Read article