Covid-19: Registration still open for using agents to prison video link
25 March 2020
Our offices are closed at present, in line with Government advice. This means we are no longer able to carry out tests for solicitors registering to use the video link to prisons.
However, we have spoken to the Scottish Prison Service and they will still allow us to register and sign up Solicitors who wish to use the Video link.
If you have not already done so and wish to sign up to use the video link please complete the following steps:
Mandate on our website and email to firstname.lastname@example.org We will send you a link to the VC software for downloading and guidance for completing the set-up
Check the set-up once you have downloaded the software.
Once you have completed these steps and confirmed to us in an email to
email@example.com that these have been carried out successfully we will forward your details to the SPS without carrying out a test visit with you.
If you have any questions, please visit the website for more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Please note that from 31 July, the mobile phone number will be withdrawn.
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.
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
Scottish Legal Aid Board
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DX555250, Edinburgh 30
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