Circumstances in summary custody cases when only the court duty solicitor may give legal aid

Only the court duty solicitor can provide criminal legal aid under section 22(1)(C) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 when the client is:

  • Dealt with under summary procedure
  • Either in custody or subject to an undertaking to appear following police liberation

The client cannot obtain automatic legal aid from you as their nominated solicitor.  Where they choose not to use the duty solicitor, they may be entitled to your services but only for:

  • Advice and assistance
  • ABWOR, if you meet the criteria to become the “appointed solicitor”

The exceptions are where the client is appearing before two special courts:

  • The Glasgow drug court
  • The Glasgow domestic abuse court

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