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Civil

Covid-19: New streamlined procedures for submitting interim accounts for Solemn Criminal & Children’s proceedings

30 June 2020

System changes have been made and, with effect from 1 July 2020, you will no longer require to upload any account in support of your interim fee claim.

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Covid-19: Legal Aid and Advice and Assistance (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

30 June 2020

This update sets out amendments to existing legal aid regulations that will come into force for the duration of the emergency Covid-19 period.

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Covid-19: Guidance note – where accounts include charges for preparation of Written Representations which replace the need for any oral hearing

30 June 2020

This note sets out our approach to assessing an account or fee to be prepared as a direct alternative to an oral hearing during the Covid-19 emergency.

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Covid-19: Form of application to restart action in Sheriff Court

30 June 2020

This update explains how civil accounts under a Form of application to restart action to the Sheriff Court should be charged

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Covid-19: How payment to self-employed people during emergency affects eligibility for legal aid

29 June 2020

This update describes how self-employed business people affected by Covid-19 will be treated for the purposes of assessing eligibility for legal aid.

Criminal

Update on making three-way calls on the Agent to Prison VC link

23 June 2020

SPS can now accommodate three-way video link consultations with a maximum of three participants on each virtual visit.

General

Issue with telephone system

19 June 2020

We have been notified of a major outage to the Vodafone network which affected our phone system.

Children's

Children’s Hearings 12-month duty plans published

17 June 2020

Children’s Hearings Duty Plans for the next 12 months are now available. These plans cover the period 22 June 2020 to 25 June 2021.

General

Solicitor account payments may be delayed due to system issues

11 June 2020

A technical problem has meant that some solicitor payments may not be received into bank accounts until Monday 15 June.

Civil

Selecting the correct Category Code in cases seeking orders under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

8 June 2020

Improved guidance to help minimise delays when selecting category codes (AISA or AISAW) in Adults with Incapacity cases