Regulation 29 of the Children’s Legal Assistance (Scotland) Regulations 2013 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.
When we have to consider whether legal aid should be terminated because your client no longer satisfies the appropriate statutory merits test for receiving legal aid.
Where your client has made an untrue statement to us or has failed to disclose information about their means or their case.
It is important to note that legal aid is not available during the suspension period. Work you do during this time cannot be charged under legal aid, even if legal aid is again made available after the period of suspension.