Access to information

Publication Scheme

A guide to information available through the SLAB Publication Scheme, including formats, charges and exemptions

Data breach

Find out what a data breach is and how to report one

Examples of information that we will, or will not, be able to give to you

By law, there is some information we cannot give you including, for example:

  • Details of a legal aid application by someone other than you
  • Sensitive personal information about anyone – whether they are applicants for legal aid, solicitors, our staff or anyone else
  • Information that would be likely to damage someone’s commercial interests substantially
  • Information that we hold for the purpose of an investigation into criminal matters.

However, so long as the law allows it, and we hold the records, and no legal exemption applies, then we will normally give you information about, for example:

  • Your own legal aid application, and how we reached any decisions on it
  • Statistics (as well as those we already publish) about the number of legal aid cases and spending
  • What we spend on specific parts of our administration.

Our downloadable leaflets

File Type Size Date
Procedure for dealing with information requests under the Freedom of Information Act 181 KB | 20 March 2019 PDF 181 KB 20 March 2019
Access to Information 148 KB | 20 March 2019 PDF 148 KB 20 March 2019
Environmental Information Regulations 51 KB | 20 March 2019 PDF 51 KB 20 March 2019
Records-Management-Policy-Final-V2.6 162 KB | 5 June 2019 PDF 162 KB 5 June 2019
Records Management Plan 333 KB | 20 March 2019 DOCX 333 KB 20 March 2019
Guide to Information available through the Publication Scheme 288 KB | 30 November 2018 PDF 288 KB 30 November 2018

How to contact us

Depending on the information you need, you should contact one of the following:

For data protection issues

Tel: 0131 226 7061
Email: DPO@slab.org.uk

For subject access requests

Tel: 0131 226 7061
Email: SAR@slab.org.uk

For freedom of information issues

Tel: 0131 226 7061
Email: foi@slab.org.uk

For data breaches

Tel: 0131 226 7061
Email: databreach@slab.org.uk

Post

If you wish to write to us, please send your letter to:
Scottish Legal Aid Board
Thistle House
91 Haymarket Terrace
Edinburgh
EH12 5HE

Personal visit

You may prefer to visit us in person to ask for, or get information, from our Publication Scheme. It is helpful if you contact us first to arrange an appointment.

Tel: 0131 226 7061
Email: general@slab.org.uk