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FOR SOLICITORS – Covid-19: Help for clients making payments to the Legal Aid Fund

8 April 2020

Steps we've put in place to help clients with payments, including contributions, expenses awards, property recovered or preserved, & terminations of legal aid.

General

Covid-19: Help for people making payments to the Legal Aid Fund

8 April 2020

Steps we've put in place to help people with payments to make and what you can do if you're having problems due to the Covid-10 crisis.

Criminal

Covid-19: Appointed solicitor delegation of custody appearance

3 April 2020

Update confirming that Covid-19 a "good reason" for delegation of a custody appearance by an appointed solicitor.

Criminal

Covid-19: Making three-way calls on the Agent to Prison VC link

2 April 2020

Update on three-way video conference calls (solicitor, Advocate & prisoner) on Agent to Prisons video link. Suggested interim solution until SPS investigates.

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Payment timetables – Easter and May holidays 2020

2 April 2020

See the timetables for payments to the profession over Easter and the May holidays 2020.

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Covid-19: Suspension of Quality Assurance peer review schemes and compliance audit visits

31 March 2020

As a result of measures introduced to deal with the current pandemic, Quality Assurance Schemes and compliance audit visits are suspended for the time being.

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Covid-19: New interim payments guidance on submitting accounts

27 March 2020

New guidance for submitting interim accounts for work done to date, where the Covid-19 situation means there is little prospect of conclusion in the near future

Criminal

Covid-19: Custody courts and duty solicitors

26 March 2020

See the Sheriff and JP court arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic, also includes information on duty swaps and police station duty attendance

Criminal

Covid-19: Registration still open for using agents to prison video link

25 March 2020

Find out how to sign up to use the video link to prisons run by the Scottish Prison Service.

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Covid-19: arrangements for applicant & opponent letters

25 March 2020

See our arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic for alternatives to notifying applicants and opponents by letter for civil, criminal & children's cases.

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