Equalities and diversity

We are committed to equality of opportunity and a culture that respects individuality. The Equality Act 2010 and Scottish specific equality duties provide a clear planning and reporting framework to help us achieve this.

Our Equality outcomes progress and mainstreaming report (October 2020) includes:

  • The progress we have made against our equality outcomes
  • an update on our work to mainstream equality into the way we work
  • a summary of our employee equality information
  • details of our gender pay gap and our equal pay statement.

This report would normally include our new equality outcomes for the next three years in line with our corporate planning cycle.  However, the global pandemic has delayed the publication of our corporate priorities, including our equality outcomes.

Our updated equality outcomes will therefore be published before 31st March 2021 which meets our statutory reporting timeline.

Our equality outcomes for 2017-2020 (currently under review)

  1. Our diverse workforce is aware and understands equality and diversity and the impact of this in helping us manage and deliver our business
  2. Minority ethnic people and disabled people experience equal access to quality accessible services and information about legal aid
  3. System users and legal aid applicants are aware of why we collect equalities information and can conveniently disclose this information.

Related information:

Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs)

Transparency in our decision making is supported by our equality impact assessment (EqIA) process.

Our approach to this ensures we consider the impact of new and current policies or projects on protected equality groups.

It also helps us meet the general public sector equality duty to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not.

Completed EQIAs: 2020

File Type Size
Solicitor Contact Line (SCL) EQIA 171 KB | 23 January 2020 PDF 171 KB
Research Full Equality Impact Assessment 140 KB | 24 January 2020 PDF 140 KB
Severe Weather and Travel Disruption Policy 273 KB | 9 June 2020 PDF 273 KB
Payments 226 KB | 24 July 2020 PDF 226 KB
Direct Services EqIA 345 KB | 31 August 2020 PDF 345 KB
Grant Funding Programme 2020 EqIA - Debt Advice Journey 277 KB | 23 September 2020 PDF 277 KB
Covid 19 HR Policy Changes EQIA 400 KB | 14 October 2020 PDF 400 KB
EqIA Criminal Summary and Solemn Special Urgency 328 KB | 29 October 2020 PDF 328 KB
Solicitor engagement EqIA 300 KB | 10 December 2020 PDF 300 KB

Completed EQIAs: pre 2020

File Type Size
LAOL EQIA 137 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 137 KB
EQIA Guidance on Special Urgency Applications July2016 157 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 157 KB
Special Urgency 208 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 208 KB
Section 31 151 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 151 KB
Children's 165 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 165 KB
Contact guidance 150 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 150 KB
EQIA Form 2 170 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 170 KB
Streamlining EQIA 127 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 127 KB
CJ Act 147 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 147 KB
CLAO database technical upgrade 144 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 144 KB
CLAO Business Plan EQIA 161 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 161 KB
SNSIAP 198 KB | 9 May 2019 PDF 198 KB

Criminal Justice Disability Project (CJDP)

A Criminal Justice Disability Project (CJDP) was set up by the Justice Board to promote and enable accessibility of service across the criminal justice sector in Scotland for people with disabilities.

The member organisations have published a final report of the CJDP.

A large print version is also available or you can view a BSL version of the Executive Summary.

Contact us

We are keen to hear your views about:

  • The priorities we have identified.
  • How you think our policies or functions impact on equality.

Please provide feedback or let us know if you would like to get involved in our equality work by contacting:

Louise Baggott

Corporate Policy Officer (Equalities)

Direct dial: 0131 240 1981
E-mail: baggottlo@slab.org.uk