Suspension of civil legal aid: relevant scenarios and impact
Regulation 29 of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Regulations 2002 gives us power to suspend legal aid for up to 90 days in certain circumstances:
When your client is in arrears of contribution.
Where your client has not provided necessary information or documents .
Where, following a re-assessment of your client’s financial circumstances it has been found that they have income or capital that exceed the upper limits and, as a result we are considering the termination of the grant of legal aid.
When we have to consider whether, based on information received, legal aid should be terminated because your client no longer has probable cause.
Because your client has made an untrue statement to us or has failed to disclose information.
During any period of suspension legal aid is not available. Work you do during a suspension cannot be charged under legal aid, even if legal aid is again made available after the period of suspension.