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Criminal legal assistance helps people who have been charged with a criminal offence to get legal advice and representation. 


In most cases, you will have to apply for criminal legal assistance through your solicitor. In some cases, though, it may automatically be available immediately without having to apply. This may be through the duty solicitor.

What follows on these pages is only a guide and does not cover every circumstance:


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Legal Aid News

26, Aug, 2015

Free event – Shared perspectives on the outcomes of advice – Tuesday 27 October 2015

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20, Aug, 2015

Positive feedback on Solicitor Contact Line

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11, Aug, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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06, Jul, 2015

Justice Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson visits Fife advice projects

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30, Jun, 2015

New Parliamentary regulations remove restriction on ABWOR in Double Jeopardy cases

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09, Jun, 2015

Children’s Hearings in Scotland – research during Summer/Autumn 2015

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22, Apr, 2015

Lindsay Montgomery to retire as SLAB’s Chief Executive

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16, Mar, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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31, Oct, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

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