Information for providers About us

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

21, Jun, 2016

Research on deaf people’s access to civil legal services

Read article

17, Jun, 2016

New Chair and Board members appointed by Scottish Government

Read article

15, Jun, 2016

SNSIAP Update June 2016 - Consent guidance and new FAQs

Read article

19, May, 2016

Courts research calls for appraisal of support in small claims disputes

Read article

18, Dec, 2015

SLAB's annual report for 2014-2015 published

Read article