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New streamlined policy on criminal Interests of Justice test is live
23 March 2021
A simplified approach to the assessment of the Interests of Justice (IoJ) test for summary criminal legal assistance and ABWOR has gone live.
Our recent update gives full details of the change and its benefits.
New guidance available
We have updated our legal aid guidance on the Interests of Justice test. This can be found in the following sections:
The IoJ policy statement and our decision-makers’ guidance is available on our Guidance on the Administration of Legal Aid (GALA) pages.
We have updated Legal Aid Online so that the interests of justice sections will no longer be displayed in sheriff court cases.
There are no changes for JP court cases. The current interests of justice questions still require to be completed.
For more information
Please contact Marie-Louise Fox, Director of Operations
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