The purpose of the Legal Aid Cases Committee is to consider sensitive, high profile, high value or other specified types of case either at first instance or on review.
The Committee deals with:
Applications for legal aid to appeal to the Supreme Court requiring the input of the Committee
Applications for legal aid to sue solicitors arising out of professional negligence where there is a split decision between reporters
Applications for legal aid to raise an action against the Board
Applications for legal aid referred by the Legal Services Department or external reporters, including cases which may be potentially high cost, high profile, or sensitive in nature for decision or advice from the committee
The committee may be asked from time to time to consider significant legal aid accounts
Identifying policy or procedural issues for consideration by the Legal Services Policy Committee or the Scottish Government
The Committee shall refer to the Legal Services Policy Committee for decision any case upon which it is unable to reach a decision or which appears to raise a question of policy or general principle which is unclear or undecided
The Committee shall consider any review applications arising from cases initially considered by the Legal Services Policy Committee in which the Committee have not previously been required to make a decision in relation to the application.
Board Member; Convener of Legal Services Cases Committee
Chair of the Board; Convener of Section 31 Committee
The Board uses external legal professionals as Board reporters and co-opted members to assist in the consideration of some legal aid applications and to attend some meetings of our Legal Services Cases Committee.
The following legal professionals are members of our Legal Services Sub-Committee: