Mailshots and updates


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


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Thursday, Apr 10, 2014

Legal Aid Accounts Performance Measurement

Following discussions with the Law Society of Scotland’s Civil and Criminal Teams about accounts payments’ service standards and targets, we thought it would be helpful to explain in more detail how we deal with rejections. We also thought it would be helpful to clear up any misunderstandings on how we measure timeliness.

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Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014

Deadline for applying for new Children’s Duty Scheme

Anyone wishing to be included on the 2014-15 Children’s Duty Scheme must complete the Duty Scheme application form. Please note that you must apply for the 2014-15 scheme even if you were on the 2013-14 scheme. We have extended the deadline for applying to Friday 4 April 2013.

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

Children’s legal assistance Key Performance Indicators

As with all aid types we have key performance indicators in place to ensure that we aim to deal with all applications as quickly and accurately as possible. In setting such indicators we take into account a number of factors.

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

Information for the courts and others about children’s legal assistance application status

We have recently been informed by the Reporters that in a small number of cases it was suggested to the Court by solicitors that there had been delays by SLAB in the processing of Children’s Legal Aid applications.

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

Selecting the correct category code for advice and assistance in social work cases

A number of practitioners have been admitting their clients to advice and assistance under the children’s legal assistance category codes of CHC or CHSA when the correct code to use should have been FAM.

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

Selecting the correct children’s hearing type

At present, in an initial application for ABWOR, you will be presented with a list of types of hearings. It is essential that you select the correct hearing type.

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

Grants of advice and assistance/ABWOR cannot be made retrospectively

It has always been the case that, in terms of S10 of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 and the case of Drummond and Co v SLAB HL 1992 SC (HL) 1, SLAB does not have the power to grant advice and assistance and associated ABWOR retrospectively.

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

ABWOR reconsideration requests

If you make an initial advice and assistance application to provide ABWOR to your client and this application is refused by SLAB there is currently no reconsideration option button to submit a reconsideration of this refusal.

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

Children’s legal assistance - Pre hearing panels

There are three important facts to remember for Children’s Legal Assistance that relate to pre hearing panels.

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

S48 applications for termination/variation of a CPO

In terms of the regulations, it is important to note that both ABWOR and children’s legal aid (and associated special urgency) is available for these sheriff court proceedings which take place after the second working day hearing and prior to the eighth working day hearing.

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

Extension of Interim Compulsory Supervision Orders (ICSO) before the sheriff

If the Reporter is seeking to extend an ICSO before a sheriff, and not at a children’s hearing, the appropriate children’s legal assistance aid type to seek is children’s sheriff court non automatic legal aid.

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Thursday, Mar 06, 2014

Book a place on the Legal Aid Online accounts roadshows

In May 2014 we will be launching improved online accounts. Roadshows are being held to demonstrate the new system and provide guidance on best practice for creating online accounts.

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Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

What Advice & Assistance covers

As we have received accounts from solicitors for advice and assistance for situations it does not cover, we would like to clarify where it can be used correctly.

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Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

Advice and assistance for Judicial Review

We regularly receive accounts where the solicitor has granted advice and assistance for judicial review but there seems to be no clear basis for the grant.

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Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

Solicitor Advocates

We have recently come across a number of cases where we have granted increases in authorised expenditure to enable the instruction of counsel to undertake certain work which has not involved appearing before a superior court but at the accounts stage it has become apparent that a solicitor advocate has been instructed to do the work authorised.

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Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

Experts & professional fees – breakdown of costs

We are continuing to receive invoices submitted with requests for reimbursement of outlays or final accounts which provide little or no detail of how the fee has been arrived at. This is causing additional administration for us and the solicitor as we have to ask for a breakdown.

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Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

Adults with incapacity

This area of work has seen a significant growth over the past few years and as a consequence; the Accounts Verification Unit (AVU) will be undertaking an analysis.

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Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014

Survey on Best Value Review of Accounts Assessment

As part of our Best Value Review of Accounts Assessment, we are issuing a short survey to ask you about certain aspects of the assessment process and how we can improve it.

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Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

2011 Act Handbook amendments – When fresh grants of A&A are required

Some solicitors are submitting fresh applications for ABWOR to attend deferred children’s hearings when instead they should be requesting an increase in authorised expenditure under an existing grant of ABWOR.

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Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

Requests for ABWOR in increase applications

Most solicitors apply for ABWOR in initial advice and assistance applications (up to the current authorised limit of expenditure of £95) and thereafter submit an increase request to carry out various work items such as preparation and attendance at a children’s hearing.

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16, Apr, 2014

Children’s Duty Scheme – Easter arrangements

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16, Apr, 2014

Review of publicly funded legal assistance

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16, Apr, 2014

Easter opening hours and payments schedule

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10, Apr, 2014

Court and Police Station Duty Schemes Update

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09, Apr, 2014

Phone lines are fully operational

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08, Apr, 2014

Ongoing issue with phone services

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08, Apr, 2014

Issue with our phone system

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28, Mar, 2014

Legal Aid Online

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26, Mar, 2014

End of financial year payment dates for the profession

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24, Mar, 2014

Scottish Legal Aid Board joins Earth Hour 2014

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14, Mar, 2014

Advocate Mark Strachan sentenced to two years imprisonment for fraud and attempted fraud

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12, Mar, 2014

Legal Aid Online accounts roadshows

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03, Jan, 2014

Additional £280,000 for SLAB’s Making Advice Work programme

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27, Sep, 2013

Annual Report 2012-2013

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