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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.


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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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Significant trends and issues arising from the compliance audits performed in 2015-16.

We performed Compliance Audits of 154 firms registered for criminal legal assistance, with the majority of firms found to comply with the requirements of the Code of Practice.

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Annual update on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Criminal Legal Assistance

This update provides details of the decisions taken and the findings relating to the Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme, for reviews which were considered between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015.

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Thursday, Apr 07, 2016

Apply for Children’s Duty Scheme 2016-2017 – deadline 27 May 2016

The current Children’s Legal Assistance Duty Plan expires on 26 June 2016.

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Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016

Extension of interim solemn payments trial

The trial period for the extended interim solemn payment arrangements has been extended and will now end on Friday 29th April 2016.

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Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016

Online Accounts redevelopment

This update provides information on the new screens that are now available following the roll out of phase 1 accounts products, submitting transfer cases online, a new process for submitting paper accounts and the launch of the phase 2 accounts products pilot.

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21, Jun, 2016

Research on deaf people’s access to civil legal services

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17, Jun, 2016

New Chair and Board members appointed by Scottish Government

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18, Dec, 2015

SLAB's annual report for 2014-2015 published

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