The Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010 gave us the function of monitoring the availability and accessibility of legal services in Scotland, with reference to relevant factors relating to urban and rural areas.
We have arrangements in place to monitor legal services by:
Where possible, in order to gain insight into access to legal services, we will convene groups of specialist organisations with specific interests and expertise in the topics being assessed for discussion.
The topics chosen for assessment under monitoring duty are based on identifying those areas of law which are either:
Since 2017, we have adopted the above approach to how we monitor legal services.
We include monitoring availability and accessibility as part of our general research programme, which informs both broader surveys and more bespoke work that we conduct.
You can view our five previous monitoring reports on our Research publications page.