There is information below on the following improvements and enhancements that have been made to the online system (LAOL):
We have removed the need to enter a date on the paper work items to make the submission of these accounts more seamless. You will now only be required to enter amounts within these work items.
Improvements have been made to the display of accounts and negotiations that we had been made aware of.
We have made improvements in Criminal ABWOR Time and Line cases where the substituted initial limit of £165 may apply.
You will now be asked to confirm if the upper limit should apply:
We previously announced that the Scottish Government was allowing us to interpret the definition of ABWOR and the term ‘diet’ in regulation 6 of the 2003 ABWOR regulations to include representation by way of written exchanges for the duration of the Covid-19 restrictions only.
As a result you can now grant ABWOR for eligible clients in cases where they will not attend a physical calling of the case to represent their client.
A further field has now been added to the ABWOR application.
You should select the appropriate type of representation provided
When asked for the date of the plea (or CWP), for Written Representations enter the date the written plea or request was submitted
You can then proceed with the application in the normal manner
We need you to update us with an email address specific to you (not a generic company email) in the new screen as a part of upcoming improvements to the security of the online system.
This can be accessed from the main page and clicking on the link [See screenshot below].
Please note, this email address must be unique to you. This is because it will be used for the forgotten password function and alerts if your password has been changed.
It will also be used for exchanges with the SLAB helpdesk team.
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