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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

27, Mar, 2015

Scottish Legal Aid Board joins Earth Hour 2015

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17, Mar, 2015

Easter opening hours and payments schedule

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16, Mar, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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18, Feb, 2015

Launch of new child poverty prevention project in West Lothian

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18, Feb, 2015

Cabinet minister visits debt advice project

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16, Feb, 2015

Introduction of telephone call routing system

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09, Feb, 2015

SLAB's response to Law Society of Scotland's Discussion paper on legal assistance in Scotland

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05, Feb, 2015

Legal Aid Online planned maintenance - Sunday 8 February

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02, Feb, 2015

SLAB move to Thistle House

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19, Jan, 2015

Launch of first good practice principles for funders of advice

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15, Jan, 2015

Advice projects help 18,000 people cope with challenges of benefit changes

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31, Oct, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

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19, Oct, 2014

New projects to help families tackle money worries

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