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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

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Update on the legal aid fees for COP26 Cases & Non-COP26 cases at weekend courts

22 October 2021

Scottish Government agreed fees for nominated and duty solicitors providing advice and representation of COP26 related offences or non COP26 weekend courts.

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Update: Change to Police Scotland Custody Reference Numbers

20 October 2021

Claiming fees for Police Station advice with Police Scotland National Custody System Unique Reference Number now a 7 digit number instead of 6 digit number.


Upcoming research with recipients of criminal legal assistance

28 September 2021

Independent research commissioned with a sample of people who received criminal legal assistance in the past 16 months.


Scottish Government launches Legal Aid Support for Business and Recovery Fund

5 August 2021

The LASBRF opened for applications from solicitors on 4 August with a deadline for applications of midnight on 18 August.


Criminal ABWOR fixed fee cases where a Criminal Justice Social Work report is being considered

13 July 2021

We have updated Legal Aid Online with an easier way of requesting an increase in limit for Criminal ABWOR fixed fee cases when submitting the ABWOR application.


Workaround to resolve issue with agents-to-prison video software for Apple devices

2 June 2021

We have been notified of an issue with Apple devices using the latest version of the Polycom app for agents-to-prison video consultations.


Criminal ABWOR fixed fee cases where a Criminal Justice Social Work report is being considered

4 May 2021

We have updated our guidance on requesting an increase in the limit for Criminal ABWOR fixed fee cases at the time of submitting the ABWOR application.