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Consultation launched about our policy on ABWOR for the removal of disqualification from driving cases
25 September 2023
We have launched a consultation today about our policy on the ABWOR merits test which we apply in removal of disqualification from driving cases.
Report on findings from the Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme for Criminal Legal Assistance for 2019 to 2023
7 August 2023
Report setting out the statistics, issues, and findings from the Criminal Quality Assurance scheme for the four-year period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2023
Drafting solemn accounts prior to 29 April fee reform changes
12 April 2023
This update explains the transitional arrangements included in the 29 April changes affecting solemn accounts - and advises on halting drafting online accounts
New common queries section to help with Criminal ABWOR cases
8 March 2023
We have added a new section to our legal aid guidance with answers to the most common enquiries we receive on Criminal ABWOR cases.
New regulations allow earlier payment of the inclusive sheriff court summary fixed fee of £550.76
1 November 2022
The Advice and Assistance (Summary Criminal Proceedings) (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2022 are effective from 4 November 2022
New Advice and Assistance out of hours helpline number
22 June 2022
We have changed the number to ring for the out of hours Advice and Assistance. Please note that from 31 July, the mobile phone number will be withdrawn.
Platinum Jubilee closures and availability of new holiday court fees
31 May 2022
Our offices are closed Friday 3 June for Platinum Jubilee. Court holidays at the end of this week also mean custody courts due to be held Saturday 4 June 2022.
New additional fee available at Easter holiday courts
12 April 2022
Easter custody courts held on Saturday 16 April eligible for new holiday court fee for solicitors representing accused person appearing from custody
Research shows Covid had little impact on either access to criminal legal aid or client satisfaction
6 April 2022
Findings from research with criminal legal aid clients carried out with the Public Defence Solicitors’ Office and private practice criminal legal aid clients
Legal aid payments for cases during COP26
28 October 2021
This update provides details of payment arrangements for nominated solicitors for COP26 related and non COP26 related offences