SLAB’s research unit collects views and experiences from people about legal aid and the work of the organisation. We carry out research with people who apply or might apply for legal assistance and with professionals who are involved or have an interest in the provision of legal aid. We also review existing evidence on legal aid and justice issues in Scotland and in other countries.
Our work is outlined in our annual research programme, which is set each year. Details of larger projects are given in the News section of our website as they happen.
The research methods that we use vary, ranging from a few days reviewing literature to face to face interviewing and large scale surveys. We also commission research where necessary.
The outputs from our work can also vary greatly. They include traditional reports and papers or they may be simply a recommendation or table of figures.
Our research covers three broad themes:
For more information on our research or to discuss any of our current or planned projects please contact us at: