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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

30, Nov, 2016

SLAB annual report 2015-2016 published

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17, Nov, 2016

Civil legal aid solicitors invited to give feedback on satisfaction with SLAB services

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15, Nov, 2016

Research exploring the experiences of applicants for civil legal aid to begin

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15, Nov, 2016

Performance Auditor for SNSIAP appointed

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09, Nov, 2016

Bank credit dates over St Andrew's Day bank holiday

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14, Oct, 2016

SLAB/CELCIS research published on role of solicitor in Children's Hearings

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13, Oct, 2016

New legal member of SLAB board appointed by Scottish Government

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07, Oct, 2016

Funding for advice projects extended into 2017

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30, Sep, 2016

Civil legal aid applicant survey to measure satisfaction with SLAB services

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30, Sep, 2016

SLAB publishes Corporate Parenting Plan

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19, Sep, 2016

LAOL downtime - Monday 26 September

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23, Aug, 2016

Business Plan for 2016-17 published

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