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

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


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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Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016

Shorthand Writers’ Fees and Outlays

This update is to explain our approach to fees and outlays incurred by shorthand writers in cases involving assisted persons, where the costs are submitted to SLAB as an outlay in a solicitor’s account for payment from the Fund.

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Monday, Jun 20, 2016

Full release of online accounts pilot phase 2 products and important changes to paper account process

We previously notified the profession that our phase 2 pilot would commence on 1 April 2016. As with our phase 1 pilot, the firms participating have provided us with feedback.

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Friday, Jun 17, 2016

Improved children's legal aid online mandates to be used from 23 June

We are going to remove the existing mandates from our website and replace them with our new online mandates, which must be used from 23 June 2016.

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Friday, Jun 17, 2016

Improved civil legal aid online mandates to be used from 23 June

We are going to remove the existing mandates from our website and replace them with our new online mandates, which must be used from 23 June 2016.

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Friday, Jun 17, 2016

Improved criminal legal aid online mandates to be used from 23 June

We are going to remove the existing mandates from our website and replace them with our new online mandates, which must be used from 23 June 2016.

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Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016

New plans online for Children’s Duty Scheme – 27 June 2016 to 25 June 2017

The Children’s Hearings Duty Plans for the next 12 months are now available on our website.

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Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016

Roll out of agents to prison video link reaches final stage

With the successful completion of our agents to prisons video link pilot we would now like to encourage all firms who travel to prisons to register to use the video facilities.

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Thursday, Jun 02, 2016

Streamlining the legal aid process for Civil practitioners

This update outlines six initial enhancements developed as part of the civil streamlining strand of work that the Scottish Government asked SLAB to carry out as part of a review of the government’s strategy for legal aid.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

New and improved Online Mandates

We plan to remove the existing versions from our website and replace them with our new online mandates on 23 June 2016.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Handbook amendments on the Duty Scheme, written submissions and taking statements

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

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19, Sep, 2016

LAOL downtime - Monday 26 September

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14, Sep, 2016

SNSIAP Type I accreditation testing for advice providers to begin in November 2016

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07, Sep, 2016

Positive feedback from Solicitor Contact Line clients

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31, Aug, 2016

Peer Reviewer recruitment for SNSIAP Peer Review scheme

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25, Aug, 2016

Survey for deaf and hard of hearing people to understand their experiences of civil legal aid

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23, Aug, 2016

Business Plan for 2016-17 published

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11, Aug, 2016

Subject Specialists recruitment for SNSIAP Moderation Committee

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18, Dec, 2015

SLAB's annual report for 2014-2015 published

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