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You can find details below of all updates sent to the legal profession in 2014. They contain information about new developments and any changes in legal aid provision


The updates are shown in date order. To find a particular topic, use the website's Search tool to search the content of mailings.

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Solicitors registered for civil legal aid contact civilregister@slab.org.uk.

Solicitors registered for criminal legal aid contact criminalregister@slab.org.uk.


Thursday, Feb 12, 2015

Introduction of telephone call routing system

Our new telephone routing system will be introduced on Tuesday 17 February.

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Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015

Financial Assessment in Civil Legal Assistance – revised guidance re spouses and partners

Further guidance on the assessment of the resources of partners or spouses of applicants for civil legal assistance.

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Wednesday, Feb 04, 2015

Contact and/or Residence Cases – Letter to Assisted Person

The requirements of applicants and the duties of solicitors in contact and/or residence cases.

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Thursday, Jan 15, 2015

Extension of ABWOR to Pre Hearing Panels and Hearings under S81A of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 – interim application arrangements

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) has made an amendment to the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 extending ABWOR to Pre Hearing Panels and Hearings under S81A

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Written Representations at a Children’s Hearing

We have updated the 2011 Act Children’s Assistance Handbook to clarify that if you place written representations before a children’s hearing on behalf of your client, this is representation even if you do not then physically attend the hearing.

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

New category code for civil legal aid applications to cover exclusion orders under sections 76 to 80 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 Act.

There is new category code for civil legal aid applications to cover exclusion orders under sections 76 to 80 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 Act.

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Children’s Duty Scheme – Festive Period Arrangements

We have been advised by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) that its offices will be open until 5pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For firms who are on the Children’s Duty Plan on those days please remember that you will need to be available up to 5pm.

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Sanction for Counsel in Non Accidental Injury Proofs

We have updated the 2011 Act Children’s Handbook to outline our general approach to applications for counsel in a S101 proof where the Statement of Grounds concerns the alleged non accidental injury of a child.

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Thursday, Dec 11, 2014

PVG Registration and Duty Scheme update

This update is to explain that all solicitors registered for the Children’s Duty Scheme will require to be PVG registered and have SLAB as a registered body on their record by 31 May 2015.

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Thursday, Dec 11, 2014

Changes to the fee rates payable in certain summary criminal legal aid cases

This mailshot provides solicitors with information about changes to the fee rates payable in certain summary criminal legal aid cases.

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Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

The Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments and Assistance by Way of Representation) Miscellaneous Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2014

A number of meetings with local faculties are being held around the country to explain the changes coming into effect on Monday 15 December as a result of the new regulations laid in the Scottish Parliament.

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Thursday, Nov 06, 2014

The Legal Aid and ABWOR (Fees for Time at Court and Travelling) (Scotland) Regulations 2014

This update provides information about changes to how the fees payable to solicitors should be calculated as a result of the Legal Aid and Assistance By Way of Representation (Fees for Time at Court and Travelling) (Scotland) Regulations 2014

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Tuesday, Nov 04, 2014

Consultation to be carried out on Outlays

SLAB has been working on a number of savings programmes with Scottish Government, the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates.

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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

Annual update on the Quality Assurance Scheme for criminal legal assistance

This update provides details of the decisions taken and the findings relating to the Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme, for reviews which were considered between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. SLAB’s Criminal Quality Assurance Committee is committed to providing regular feedback to solicitors about the general findings from the peer reviews. This is the second update highlighting, in general terms, the issues and areas of good practice and the areas for improvement identified in the peer reviews considered between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014.

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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Cover available for Social Work case conferences, child in care reviews, adoption matching panels

We have updated the 2011 Act Children’s Legal Assistance Handbook to clarify the position about the cover that can be made available to assist with Social Work Case Conferences, Child in Care Reviews, adoption matching panels and other such meetings.

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Thursday, Oct 09, 2014

Additional required information letters for incomplete Form 2s will no longer be sent

We continue to receive a high volume of poorly completed Form 2 applications with insufficient supporting financial documents. Failing to provide all the necessary information leads to a delay in obtaining a decision on the applicant’s legal aid application.

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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Selecting the correct unspecified hearing type

We continue to receive a large number of initial ABWOR applications with the incorrect children’s hearing type selected. Selecting the wrong unspecified hearing type can lead to delay and double-handling for both you and us as you will require to apply again using the correct unspecified hearing type.

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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Procedure and reasons for removal from normal account payment service standards

The following list contains reasons why SLAB may consider removing a solicitor or firm from our normal 30-day service standards for payment. The list is not exhaustive but provides general indicators of the type of issues which require more time spent on the assessment process.

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Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

Template 37 - Guardianship

Following enquiries about our recent mailshot on template 37 we thought it would be useful to further clarify the removal of the ‘additional work’ item from the template.

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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Adults with Incapacity applications – Whose resources should you assess?

We receive enquiries from practitioners about whether a financial assessment is required in cases where an application is being made in respect of an incapable adult, when the subject matter is Adults with Incapacity and, if an assessment is required, whose resources should be taken into account. It is also an issue which is commonly identified in Quality Assurance reviews as being done incorrectly by firms.

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18, Feb, 2015

Launch of new child poverty prevention project in West Lothian

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18, Feb, 2015

Cabinet minister visits debt advice project

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16, Feb, 2015

Introduction of telephone call routing system

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11, Feb, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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09, Feb, 2015

SLAB's response to Law Society of Scotland's Discussion paper on legal assistance in Scotland

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05, Feb, 2015

Legal Aid Online planned maintenance - Sunday 8 February

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02, Feb, 2015

SLAB move to Thistle House

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19, Jan, 2015

Launch of first good practice principles for funders of advice

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15, Jan, 2015

Advice projects help 18,000 people cope with challenges of benefit changes

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14, Jan, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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31, Oct, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

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29, Oct, 2014

Edinburgh advice projects mark success of first year

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19, Oct, 2014

New projects to help families tackle money worries

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13, Oct, 2014

Police station duty scheme update

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