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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.


Monday, Feb 01, 2016

Case Management System Update - standing data now available

The standing data has now been released and available in the following xml files

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Monday, Jan 25, 2016

Trial extension to arrangements for interim payment of solemn criminal legal aid fees

Following discussions with the Scottish Government we are now able to put in place an extended interim payment arrangement for a trial period up to and including 17 March 2016.

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Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

Data protection obligations: SLAB and practitioners

This update offers guidance on how to send correspondence, attachments and client files to us.

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Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

New category codes in preparation for moving submission of solemn criminal accounts online

Firms taking part in phase 2 of our online accounts pilot will shortly be able to submit solemn criminal accounts online.

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Monday, Jan 18, 2016

Survey on Keycards

We are reviewing the content and format of the Keycards as part of our ongoing commitment to providing reliable and practical guidance.

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Thursday, Jan 14, 2016

Online guide for child welfare reports

An interactive flowchart is now available to help you with queries that can arise about the cover needed for child welfare reports.

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Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015

Launch of online accounts pilot phase 2

This is an update on phase 1 of the pilot for the new online accounts products and the plans to launch phase 2 of the pilot early next year.

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Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015

Civil legal aid and the Sheriff Appeal Court

This update provides information about changes to the regulations relating to civil legal aid and related matters arising from further implementation of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 in relation to the Sheriff Appeal Court and its civil jurisdiction.

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Friday, Dec 11, 2015

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.

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Thursday, Dec 03, 2015

Revised guidance on legal aid for contact actions – effective 7 December

This is a reminder that the revised guidance on applications for civil legal aid for contact actions is effective from 7 December 2015.

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Thursday, Dec 03, 2015

Child Welfare Reporters in cases involving orders under Section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

To avoid difficulties and delays at the accounts stage our prior approval is needed for any child welfare report where the cost is likely to be in excess of £3,000.

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Thursday, Nov 26, 2015

Solicitor registration for children’s legal assistance required to provide children’s hearings ABWOR

We have encountered some accounts recently where we have had to either delay or refuse payment because a registered solicitor had not provided the representation.

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Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015

Revised guidance on legal aid for contact actions

We have updated the guidance about applications for legal aid to both pursue and defend contact actions. It will be effective for all applications received from 7 December.

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Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

Requesting copies of Form 2

For those clients who want to complete a paper form in writing, we have put in place temporary arrangements so you can request printed copies be sent to your office.

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Thursday, Oct 08, 2015

Criminal ABWOR & Solemn Exceptional Status Applications

From 19 October 2015, you will be able to submit Criminal ABWOR or Solemn exceptional status applications online.

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Thursday, Oct 08, 2015

Children’s and Civil Legal Assistance Update

This update provides solicitors with information about selecting the correct category code when admitting clients to advice and assistance and the availability of ABWOR for non deemed Relevant Persons.

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Friday, Oct 02, 2015

SLAB’s plan for legal aid review published

We have published details of our Engagement Plan for working with the legal profession and others to deliver fresh options as part of a review of the legal aid system.

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Friday, Sep 18, 2015

Courts Reform - the Legal Aid (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2015

This update provides solicitors with information about forthcoming changes to the civil, criminal and ABWOR legal aid regulations.

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Friday, Sep 18, 2015

Criminal Legal Assistance Procedures For Sheriff Appeal Court Changes

Part of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act comes into force on 22 September 2015, including the new Sheriff Appeal Court procedure. The legal aid procedures required for the new Sheriff Appeal Court are as follows.

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Friday, Sep 18, 2015

Guidance on applications for A&A and Civil Legal Aid for Judicial Review

Changes in the way that petitions for judicial review will be dealt with will come into effect on 22 September as part of the implementation of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

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14, Jan, 2016

Police station duty scheme update

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18, Dec, 2015

SLAB's annual report for 2014-2015 published

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11, Dec, 2015

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04, Nov, 2015

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30, Oct, 2015

Criminal Courts Practice Note No 3 of 2015 - Sheriff Court Solemn Procedure

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£7,500 confiscation order against ex-Advocate

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27, Oct, 2015

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23, Oct, 2015

Success of joint-funding approach sees projects extended into 2016

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02, Oct, 2015

Legal aid review plan published

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30, Jun, 2015

New Parliamentary regulations remove restriction on ABWOR in Double Jeopardy cases

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16, Mar, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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