The Legal Services (Scotland) Act 2010 gave SLAB the function of monitoring the availability and accessibility of legal services in Scotland, with reference to relevant factors relating to urban and rural areas.
SLAB has arrangements in place to monitor legal services by:
The topics chosen for assessment under monitoring duty are based on identifying those areas of law which are either:
This is a new approach to how SLAB monitors legal services. In 2017, SLAB’s approach was updated to the model above, in order to ensure the maximum utility of SLAB’s monitoring work.
SLAB’s methods in preparing the first five monitoring reports previously included consultation with a more broad-ranging, fixed group of stakeholders (the Access to Justice Reference Group) and took a more over-arching rather than targeted approach to identifying the areas of law for assessment.
|2017 Fifth Monitoring Report 1 MB | 25 March 2019||1 MB|
|2012 First Monitoring Report 1 MB | 26 August 2019||1 MB|
|2013 Second Monitoring Rport 1 MB | 26 August 2019||1 MB|
|2014 Third Monitoring Report 1 MB | 26 August 2019||1 MB|
|2015 Fourth Monitoring Report 1 MB | 26 August 2019||1 MB|