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New streamlined policy on criminal Interests of Justice test is live
23 March 2021
Updated guidance now available for new simplified approach to the assessment of the IoJ test for summary criminal legal assistance and ABWOR
New streamlined policy on criminal Interests of Justice test to go live
18 March 2021
A simplified approach to the assessment of the IoJ test for summary criminal legal assistance and ABWOR will go live on Monday 22 March 2021
New regulations extend automatic eligibility and improved payment arrangements for police station work to terrorism matters
17 February 2021
See summary of the regulation changes to apply the CJSA arrangements to the 2019 Act and other terrorism matters.
Criminal Duty plans
2 October 2020
All criminal duty plans have now been issued for the period October 2020 – March 2021
Consultation launched about application of the Interests of Justice test in summary criminal sheriff court proceedings
1 October 2020
Details on our consultation about how we apply the Interests of Justice test in summary criminal proceedings in the sheriff court and how to submit your views
Solicitors contacting Criminal Applications team
9 September 2020
See new phone numbers we've added to make it easier for solicitors with specific queries to contact our Criminal Applications team
Covid-19: Counsel – interim fee claims for preparation in criminal cases
10 July 2020
Update explaining option for counsel to claim fees during Covid-19 for preparation work in criminal cases prior to case conclusion
Update on making three-way calls on the Agent to Prison VC link
23 June 2020
SPS can now accommodate three-way video link consultations with a maximum of three participants on each virtual visit.
Covid-19: Court duty plans re-started for five additional custody courts re-opening
1 June 2020
We have updated the court duty plans for five additional custody courts the SCTS announced last week they were re-opening this Wednesday 3 June 2020.
All solicitor updates
Covid-19 Equalities Statement
22 May 2020
We would like your feedback if you have been affected by or can otherwise identify any equalities impacts of the changes we have made due to Covid-19.