Your client has the power to dispense with your services [regulation 17(2) of the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Regulations 1996].
If your client does so, using the online system, you must:
In this context, Lord Osborne observed in McKinstry v Council of the Law Society of Scotland 1997 S.L.T. 191 (1996 S.C.L.R. 421)
“Paragraph (2) of the regulation imposes certain duties upon a nominated solicitor who has been required by an assisted person “to cease to act for him”. It appears to me that the language of this paragraph recognises that it is within the power of an assisted person to require that the nominated solicitor act no more for him. It is recognised that, if such a requirement is made, the professional relationship between the assisted person and the nominated solicitor is at an end.”