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Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

The Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance is available here.

Why is there a Code of Practice?

The statutory authority for the Code of Practice in relation to Criminal Legal Assistance is to be found in sections 25B and 25C of the Legal Aid (Scotland) 1986. Solicitors who want to deliver publicly funded legal services in criminal cases must be registered, and registration is conditional upon compliance with the Code of Practice.

Section 25B requires SLAB to prepare a Code of Practice in relation to the carrying out by solicitors of their functions with regard to the provision of criminal legal assistance, and sets out a non-exhaustive list of relevant matters that may be covered by the Code. These include: the standards of conduct expected of solicitors, the manner in which they represent their clients, conduct cases and engage with the prosecution, the monitoring of their performance, the way in which applications and accounts are submitted, office procedures and the keeping of records.

The purpose of the Code of Practice


The following guidance has been created to assist you in complying with and understanding the Code of Practice:






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