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Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Invite to take part in survey on solicitors’ role in Children’s Hearings

On our behalf, CELCIS is seeking views of solicitors, and other stakeholders, on the operation of the Children’s Hearings system since the implementation of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011.

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Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Further information on the system changes to enable the verification of passported benefits with the DWP

Detailed information on the changes you will experience for civil legal aid applications.

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Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

Revised Form 2 available

An updated version of the Form 2 for financial assessment of applications for civil legal aid is now available on our web site.

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Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

Change to process for verifying passported benefits with the DWP

We will shortly be adjusting the way in which we process civil legal aid applications due to changes to the way in which receipt of passporting benefits can be verified.

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Monday, Jul 13, 2015

Financial Assessment in Civil Legal Aid - additional Guidance

We have updated the Civil Legal Assistance Handbook to provide more information on the assessment of financial eligibility in applications for civil legal aid.

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Thursday, Jul 09, 2015

Apply for Children’s Duty Scheme 9-month Plan – deadline 28 August

Solicitors not already registered for the Children's Duty Scheme are invited to apply for the nine-month plan, which will commence on 28 September 2015

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Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015

Children’s Duty Scheme – three-month plan now available

The 14-week Children's Duty Plan commences on the 22nd June.

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Application deadline for Children’s Duty Plan

An update for firms wishing to apply for the Children's Duty Plan beginning in June 2015.

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Online Account redevelopment – help us achieve a smooth transition

An update on progress with the re-development of our improved Legal Aid Online (LAOL) accounts platform and information about how you can help us make switching to it as smooth as possible.

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Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015

New category codes as a result of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015

Find out the new category codes resulting from The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015

Deadlines for Children’s duty plans and PVG registration

This update is to remind solicitors and firms intending registering for the children’s duty plan for 2015-16 of the following deadlines.

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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015

Guidance on the processes for consideration of criminal appeals and supreme court applications

This update sets out changes in our guidance as to the appropriate forms of criminal legal assistance available at different stages of the process for criminal appeals and applications to the Supreme Court. It also sets out, for the first time, guidance in relation to legal assistance for late appeals.

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Monday, Mar 23, 2015

Requesting increases under A&A – using pre-set items listing

When submitting a request for an increase in authorised expenditure under advice and assistance (A&A) you must set out details of the items of work you require to carry out.

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Monday, Mar 23, 2015

Change to process for verifying passported benefits with the DWP

Find out about changes to the way in which receipt of passporting benefits can be verified.

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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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30, Jun, 2015

New Parliamentary regulations remove restriction on ABWOR in Double Jeopardy cases

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26, Jun, 2015

New SLAB Chief Executive announced

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09, Jun, 2015

Children’s Hearings in Scotland – research during Summer/Autumn 2015

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08, Jun, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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05, Jun, 2015

SLAB tribute to Oliver Adair

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06, May, 2015

Legal Aid Fund: Consultation on payments to third parties

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22, Apr, 2015

Lindsay Montgomery to retire as SLAB’s Chief Executive

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16, Mar, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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31, Oct, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

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