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Availability of special urgency cover after full legal aid is refused
We can only grant legal aid in matters of special urgency where we are not yet satisfied if the statutory tests are met. However, we can reconsider refusals of legal aid applications.
If you have sent us a review or a second or subsequent application which we have accepted but not yet considered, you can:
- Seek special urgency cover legal aid for specified steps in proceedings before we decide on your full review or second or subsequent application
If you have not yet sent us a review or a second or subsequent application or if we do not accept it:
- It is not open to you to seek regulation 18 of the Children’s Legal Assistance (Scotland) Regulations 2013 legal aid as this is not competent
- You require to have actually submitted the review or second or subsequent application itself before a special urgency request can be considered
Special Urgency cover for steps in court proceedings before a decision is made on a legal aid application
Find out about the scope of legal aid for special urgency work and the criteria to be met to ensure payment for this urgent work.
Find out about the online declaration, what it is for and how it ensures payment for work carried out.
Guidance on applying for cover for special urgency
Learn about what you need to include in your application and view examples of when special urgency will be granted.
Sanction applications before a grant of full legal aid is made
Find out whether you can apply for sanction under special urgency cover.
Status of your client
Find out whether your client is a legally assisted person when work is done for them under a grant of special urgency.
Legal aid application must be submitted within 28 days of commencement of urgent work
Find out how to avoid non payment of the special urgency work you carry out.
Extent of a grant of special urgency
Find out what work will be covered by a grant of special urgency.
What happens if your client does not comply with our requests for information?
Find out what happens if your client does not provide information requested by us to enable a means assessment to be carried out.