Covid-19: Summary of updates and arrangements during the current crisis

The following are recent updates and news items on changes to arrangements as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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Covid-19: Guidance on providing applicant financial information

13th May 2020

Guidance to help solicitors & clients when providing applicant financial information during Covid-19 for criminal, civil and children's legal aid

Civil

Covid-19: Help us minimise disruption to property recovery/preservation payments when submitting a Civil paper account

30th April 2020

Guidance on information to send us with paper accounts in Civil cases involving property recovered or preserved to minimise any disruption to payments.

Civil

Covid-19: Civil issues identified during current crisis arrangements

29th April 2020

Highlights a number of issues that will help ensure your applications for legal aid are processed without delay.

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Covid-19: Existing interim fee provisions extended to Civil & Children’s legal aid

28th April 2020

Civil, Children’s and Solemn Criminal legal aid accounts added to those able to take advantage of our extended interim payment processes from 30 April.

Covid-19

Covid-19: Guidance on making interim claims for payment [UPDATED]

See guidance on interim payment claims during the Covid-19 pandemic for various accounts, including criminal, civil & children's legal aid, A&A and ABWOR.

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Covid-19: Changes to payments to account for counsel and solicitor advocates

20th April 2020

Update explains changes to provisions as to when counsel & solicitor advocates can submit payment to account under Civil, Criminal & Children's legal aid.

Criminal

Covid-19: ABWOR grant now possible without physical calling of case

16th April 2020

Changes for Covid-19 to allow solicitors to grant ABWOR where not attending physical calling of case. Notice of further work on delegated solicitor and half fee

Civil

Covid-19: Fillable digital Form 2 available for civil applications during pandemic

8th April 2020

We have provided a fillable fields version of the civil financial Form 2 that can be emailed to clients to help during the Covid-19 crisis.

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FOR SOLICITORS – Covid-19: Help for clients making payments to the Legal Aid Fund

8th April 2020

Steps we've put in place to help clients with payments, including contributions, expenses awards, property recovered or preserved, & terminations of legal aid.

Criminal

Covid-19: Appointed solicitor delegation of custody appearance

3rd April 2020

Update confirming that Covid-19 a "good reason" for delegation of a custody appearance by an appointed solicitor.

Criminal

Covid-19: Making three-way calls on the Agent to Prison VC link

2nd April 2020

Update on three-way video conference calls (solicitor, Advocate & prisoner) on Agent to Prisons video link. Suggested interim solution until SPS investigates.

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Covid-19: Suspension of Quality Assurance peer review schemes and compliance audit visits

31st March 2020

As a result of measures introduced to deal with the current pandemic, Quality Assurance Schemes and compliance audit visits are suspended for the time being.

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Covid-19: New interim payments guidance on submitting accounts

27th March 2020

New guidance for submitting interim accounts for work done to date, where the Covid-19 situation means there is little prospect of conclusion in the near future

Criminal

Covid-19: Custody courts and duty solicitors

26th March 2020

See the Sheriff and JP court arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic, also includes information on duty swaps and police station duty attendance

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Covid-19: changes to paper account submissions

25th March 2020

See information for submitting paper accounts by secure email and for sending vouching or supporting information.

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Covid-19: arrangements for applicant & opponent letters

25th March 2020

See our arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic for alternatives to notifying applicants and opponents by letter for civil, criminal & children's cases.

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Covid-19: Bank transfers rather than sending cheques

24th March 2020

See details for solicitors on electronically transfering principal sums or expenses settlements instead of sending cheques during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Criminal

Covid-19: Registration still open for using agents to prison video link

25th March 2020

Find out how to sign up to use the video link to prisons run by the Scottish Prison Service.

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Covid-19: SLAB email contact addresses for solicitors

24th March 2020

See email addresses we've added to the solicitor section of the Contact us page so you can reach the relevant teams directly.

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Covid-19: Initial four-point plan to help address concerns of legal profession

20th March 2020

We have developed plans to help solicitors in the face of uncertainty and shifts in the operation of the justice system.

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Covid-19 update from SLAB chief executive

18th March 2020

An update from Colin Lancaster on planning for revised arrangements during the current Covid-19 crisis.

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Covid-19: Changes to assist applicants and solicitors with the pandemic

16th March 2020

This update sets out a number of issues we have changed or clarified in light of the most common concerns solicitors have raised with us around Covid-19.

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Steps being taken to assist the profession

11th March 2020

Update on steps that could be taken to help the legal profession in the event major changes are required as a result of Covid-19.