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


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To receive updates please contact Receipts and Payments with your email address on 0131 240 2080 or by email.

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

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


Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016

Enhanced telephone support for financial assessment

This update provides information about reduced rejection rates following the introduction of enhanced telephone support for applicants for civil legal aid who do not receive a passporting benefit and have to complete a Financial Form 2.

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Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016

Solemn Procedure and the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016

Part 3 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016, some of which is likely to be brought into effect early in 2017, introduces a number of changes in relation to solemn procedure.

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Friday, Nov 25, 2016

Legal aid provision for the Upper Tribunal for Scotland

This update provides information about changes to the regulations relating to civil legal aid and associated fees and outlays.

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Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016

Introduction of new Legal Aid Online Terms & Conditions moved to new year

We will issue further information shortly about the Ts&Cs to explain the context of some of the clauses before you sign-up.

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Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Reminder: New Legal Aid Online Terms & Conditions being released on 24 November

As explained in our earlier update you must log in and accept these within 90 days to continue to use the system, or allow an administrator to send work on your behalf.

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Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

New Simple Procedure rules from 28 November 2016

This update provides information about changes to the regulations for civil legal aid arising from implementation of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 in relation to the introduction of the new ‘simple procedure’ (provided for at section 72(9) of the 2014 Act).

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Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Email to criminal solicitors to confirm registered details

An email was sent today to all solicitors currently listed on the Criminal Legal Assistance Register asking them to confirm that the details we currently hold for them are correct.

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Thursday, Oct 06, 2016

New Legal Aid Online Terms & Conditions to be released in November

In order to continue using LAOL, or to allow an administrator to send work on your behalf, the new Ts&Cs must be accepted within 90 days.

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Thursday, Oct 06, 2016

Changed guidance - contact applications and negotiations

The change applies to cases where contact had previously been operating satisfactorily but the parent with care suddenly ends this contact for, on the face of it, no good reason or where parties have only recently separated but no contact is offered despite asking.

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Thursday, Oct 06, 2016

Guidance on Special Urgency and successful appeals before the Sheriff Appeal Court and Court of Session

We have inserted some additional guidance in the Children’s Legal Assistance Handbook for proceedings under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 to help practitioners.

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Friday, Sep 23, 2016

LAOL new account screens and guidance

We have prepared guidance for changes that are being made to the Legal Aid Online system during the evening of the 26th September.

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Thursday, Sep 15, 2016

Changes in procedure for claiming an increase in duty capped limit/duty sanction

We have created an electronic form that should now be used when you apply for an increase to the duty capped limit or duty sanction.

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Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

Deadline for submission of accounts for special urgency work

From 1 September 2016, special urgency accounts should be submitted as soon as possible, and otherwise within 4 months of the date of the application for civil legal aid being refused on the merits or abandoned due to the applicant’s failure to co-operate with SLAB’s enquiries into financial eligibility.

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Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

Guidance on information and documents to be seen prior to special urgency work

We have produced guidance on how solicitors can demonstrate to SLAB that they were satisfied as to an applicant’s financial eligibility.

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Thursday, Aug 04, 2016

Online accounts and new paper process - Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance for the new online account products and how to use the new paper process.

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Thursday, Aug 04, 2016

Child Welfare Reporters Accounts

This update is to clarify the information that must be sent to SLAB where a child welfare report is ordered by the court in family proceedings.

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Monday, Jul 25, 2016

Processes for consideration of criminal appeals and UK Supreme Court applications

This update is to clarify some issues around procedures introduced last year for criminal appeals and applications to the UK Supreme Court.

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Monday, Jul 25, 2016

Part-time peer reviewers wanted - Children’s Quality Assurance Scheme

We are looking to recruit solicitors to our panel of part-time peer reviewers. Panel members conduct periodic reviews of children’s legal assistance case files to ensure that they comply with the guidelines and criteria agreed between us and the Law Society of Scotland.

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Thursday, Jul 07, 2016

Kilmarnock and Greenock prisons join agents to prison video link network

From 11 July 2016 you will be able to book video link visits at Kilmarnock and Greenock prisons.

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Thursday, Jun 23, 2016

Notifications from Principal Sums will now be sent electronically

As a result of the systems deployment on 23 June you will now receive notifications, requests for information and reminders from SLAB’s Principal Sums department electronically.

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30, Nov, 2016

SLAB annual report 2015-2016 published

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23, Nov, 2016

Introduction of new Legal Aid Online Terms & Conditions moved to new year

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17, Nov, 2016

Civil legal aid solicitors invited to give feedback on satisfaction with SLAB services

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15, Nov, 2016

Research exploring the experiences of applicants for civil legal aid to begin

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15, Nov, 2016

Performance Auditor for SNSIAP appointed

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09, Nov, 2016

Bank credit dates over St Andrew's Day bank holiday

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14, Oct, 2016

SLAB/CELCIS research published on role of solicitor in Children's Hearings

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13, Oct, 2016

New legal member of SLAB board appointed by Scottish Government

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07, Oct, 2016

Funding for advice projects extended into 2017

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30, Sep, 2016

Civil legal aid applicant survey to measure satisfaction with SLAB services

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30, Sep, 2016

SLAB publishes Corporate Parenting Plan

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19, Sep, 2016

LAOL downtime - Monday 26 September

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23, Aug, 2016

Business Plan for 2016-17 published

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