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

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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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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