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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.


Thursday, Aug 03, 2017

Over 250 solicitors now registered for agents to prison video link

We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the video link and remind you of the benefits of using the video link.

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Thursday, Jul 27, 2017

A&A system development to focus on Criminal first

This update is to tell you about system enhancements to Legal Aid Online’s Criminal A&A and ABWOR application functions that will go live in late August.

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Friday, Jul 21, 2017

Guidance on selecting the correct category code where social work involved with a child

To help you we have updated the civil and children’s handbook guidance on this when admitting clients to advice and assistance.

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Friday, Jul 07, 2017

Engagement Events – Criminal Code of Practice & Fee Reform

Details are now available of the solicitor and local Faculty meetings we advised you we would be holding following the recent consultation on the draft Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance.

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Friday, Jun 09, 2017

New plans online for Children’s Duty Scheme – 26 June 2017 to 24 June 2018

You should check the dates that your firm has been allocated during this period.

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Tuesday, Jun 06, 2017

SLAB responds to solicitor concerns with changes to draft criminal Code of Practice

Following responses received from the profession in our recent consultation we are making changes to the draft Criminal Code of Practice. Join us at one of the events being organised in July and August and help develop the new Code.

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Friday, Jun 02, 2017

No legal aid changes required to accommodate the new Practice Note on Taking Evidence of Vulnerable Witnesses by a Commissioner

The High Court’s new Practice Note on Taking Evidence of a Vulnerable Witness by a Commissioner came into force on Monday 8 May 2017. The new Practice Note sets out in more detail what needs to be addressed by a solicitor in dealing with Vulnerable Witness notices, as well as the matters which are expected to be covered at the hearing.

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Thursday, Jun 01, 2017

Update on guidance on requirements for FAI applications

The changes are in response to the Act of Sederunt (Fatal Accident Inquiry Rules) 2017, which comes into force on 15 June and sets out how inquiries are to work in practice.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Preventing duplicate representation at Children’s Hearings

It can be difficult for the Reporter or us to know in advance of a Children’s Hearing if a child already has their own solicitor of choice or will require a duty solicitor. This is because these hearings take place at relatively short notice and the child may often be distressed about the circumstances they find themselves in.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Criminal Justice Act - Police station proposals

A simplified process and new fees will be introduced for police station work.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Annual update on the Quality Assurance scheme for Criminal Legal Assistance

This is the fourth annual update highlighting, in general terms, the issues and areas of good practice and the areas for improvement identified in the peer reviews considered between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.

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Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Legal Assistance Handbooks now accessed directly from our website

The Criminal, Civil, Legislation and Children’s (2011 Act) Legal Assistance Handbooks are now hosted directly on our website.

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Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

REMINDER: application deadline for Children’s Duty Plan

Firms wishing to take part in the 2017/18 Children’s Duty Plan, which begins in June, are reminded that they must submit applications no later than 19 May 2017.

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Thursday, Apr 06, 2017

Keycards for 2017/18 published

The keycards for 2017/18, which came into effect on Thursday 6 April, have been published on our website.

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Friday, Mar 31, 2017

Update and Q&A on the consultation on the draft Criminal Code of Practice

After receiving a request from the Law Society of Scotland, we have extended the consultation period to 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

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Thursday, Mar 16, 2017

Online Accounts Redevelopment - release of new civil screens

This update contains information on the following accounts products and developments.

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Friday, Mar 03, 2017

REMINDER: New Terms & Conditions for Legal Aid Online

The new Terms and Conditions (Ts&Cs) for Legal Aid Online are due to go live next week.

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Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Apply for Children’s Duty Scheme 2017-2018 – deadline 19 May 2017

Firms wishing to take part in the Children’s Duty Plan to run from Monday 26 June 2017 to Sunday 24 June 2018 are invited to apply now.

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Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

Children's Quality Assurance Scheme

We intend to introduce a separate Children’s Quality Assurance Scheme during 2017 for all solicitors who are registered with SLAB to provide children’s legal assistance.

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Monday, Feb 06, 2017

New Terms and Conditions relating to Legal Aid Online

We have prepared some additional information on the new Legal Aid Online Terms and Conditions (Ts&Cs) following feedback from the Law Society of Scotland’s Legal Aid Team at the end of last year.

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