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.

Committee members

Board Members

Lesley Ward

Board Member; Convener of Legal Services Cases Committee

Board Members

Ray Macfarlane

Chair of the Board; Convener of Section 31 Committee

Board Members

Sheriff John Morris QC

Board Member

Board Members

David Sheldon QC

Board Member

Board Members

Brigid Whoriskey

Board Member

Executive Team

Ian Dickson

Principal Legal Advisor

dicksonia@slab.org.uk

Executive Team

Marie-Louise Fox

Director of Operations

foxma@slab.org.uk

Co-Opted Members

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