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Consultation launched about legal aid accounts assessment

24 September 2021

We are seeking the views of the profession and others in a consultation launched today about how we assess accounts submitted by solicitors and advocates.

Civil

Determination provides cover for representation before the First-tier Tribunal (Asylum Support)

15 September 2021

We have updated our legal aid guidance with information on the determination issued in terms of section 4(2)(c) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986

General

Website unavailable briefly this weekend for server update

6 September 2021

Our website will be unavailable for a short time on Saturday 11 September 2021 to allow scheduled maintenance by our hosting provider.

Vacancies

Vacancies: Research Officer and Criminal Defence Solicitor (PDSO Inverness)

2 September 2021

We are currently recruiting for an experienced research officer for our Edinburgh office and experienced criminal defence solicitor for our Inverness office.

Children's

Participants at Children’s Hearings – applying for a determination for representation under S25 of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020

17 August 2021

How to request a determination from Scottish Government under section 4(2)(c) of the 1986 Act regarding Section 25 of the 2020 Act regarding Children's hearings

Criminal

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.

Legal Aid Online

LAOL planned maintenance – Saturday 7 August

3 August 2021

Access to LAOL Legal Aid Online will be unavailable for essential maintenance on Saturday 7 August, 8am to 10am.

Civil

Urgent update requests only due to high Civil application volumes

29 July 2021

To allow us to prioritise application processing please only request an update if the matter is urgent and cannot be resolved through special urgency cover

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Contacting us – please use email unless urgent

29 July 2021

The phased roll out of our new telephone system is affecting calls to some areas. Please use email to contact us unless the matter is urgent

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New regulations for child disability assistance come into force

26 July 2021

A&A, Civil and Children’s Regulations amended by adding Child Disability Payments (CDP) and Short Term Assistance Payments while the CDP award is under appeal