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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

12, Feb, 2016

Police station duty scheme update

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26, Jan, 2016

SNSIAP Update January 2016

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22, Jan, 2016

Recruitment process underway for new board chair and member positions

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14, Jan, 2016

Police station duty scheme update

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18, Dec, 2015

SLAB's annual report for 2014-2015 published

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11, Dec, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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04, Nov, 2015

SLAB to develop and implement new sustainable accreditation model for advice providers

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30, Oct, 2015

£7,500 confiscation order against ex-Advocate

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27, Oct, 2015

Conference explores the developing role advice services play in tackling inequalities

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23, Oct, 2015

Success of joint-funding approach sees projects extended into 2016

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02, Oct, 2015

Legal aid review plan published

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30, Jun, 2015

New Parliamentary regulations remove restriction on ABWOR in Double Jeopardy cases

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16, Mar, 2015

Police station duty scheme update

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