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Legal aid application must be submitted within 28 days of commencement of urgent work
If we grant legal aid in a matter of special urgency, you must submit an application for legal aid within 28 days of commencement of the urgent work unless this has already been done.
Failure to do so will result in non-payment of the specially urgent work carried out (regulation 18(4)(b) of the Children’s Legal Assistance (Scotland) Regulations 2013).
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.
Availability of special urgency cover after full legal aid is refused
Find out if you can apply for special urgency cover when the full legal aid application has been refused.
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.
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.