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Consultation launched about approval for unusual work in civil legal aid cases

1 August 2022

Seeking the views of the profession in a consultation on how we identify ‘unusual’ requests to approve civil legal aid work of an unusual nature.

Legal Aid Online

LAOL downtime scheduled: Thursday 4 August

20 July 2022

Access to Legal Aid Online (LAOL) will be unavailable 7pm-9pm on Thursday 4 August to allow for essential upgrade maintenance.

Vacancies

Vacancies: two solicitor and two non-solicitor members sought for Civil Legal Aid Quality Assurance Sub-Committee

1 July 2022

The Law Society of Scotland are currently recruiting solicitors and non-solicitors to become members of their Civil Legal Aid Quality Assurance Sub-Committee.

Criminal

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 Please note that from 31 July, the mobile phone number will be withdrawn.

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Helping our customers with communication support needs

17 June 2022

As part of our public sector equality duty we have improved access to legal assistance for service users requiring additional communications support.

Children's

Ensuring valid application for participation individuals at Children’s Hearings – no availability of ABWOR at present

16 June 2022

The correct procedure for applying ABWOR for legal representation of siblings seeking to exercise their rights under section 25 of Children (Scotland) 2020 Act

Criminal

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.

Legal Aid Online

LAOL downtime scheduled: Tuesday 31 May and Saturday 11 June

16 May 2022

Access to Legal Aid Online (LAOL) will be unavailable 7pm-9pm on Tuesday 31 May and 8am-6pm on Saturday 11 June to allow for essential maintenance.

Civil

Judicial expenses claims can now be made online

10 May 2022

Online claims can now be made when you are accepting judicial expenses. From 1 June 2022, paper synopsis will no longer be accepted. See our guidance.

Criminal

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