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:


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Legal Aid News

13, Nov, 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Justice responds to questions on the legal aid system

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05, Nov, 2014

Comment on Law Society of Scotland's discussion paper

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31, Oct, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

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29, Oct, 2014

Edinburgh advice projects mark success of first year

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19, Oct, 2014

New projects to help families tackle money worries

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02, Oct, 2014

Clarification on Faculty of Advocates' select committee submission

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12, Jun, 2014

SLAB moving to new offices in Autumn 2014

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12, Jun, 2014

Face to face legal services and their alternatives

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14, Mar, 2014

Advocate Mark Strachan sentenced to two years imprisonment for fraud and attempted fraud

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27, Sep, 2013

Annual Report 2012-2013

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