Criminal cases


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:


Quick links

Legal Aid News

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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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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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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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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