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You can find details below of all updates sent to the legal profession. They contain information about new developments and any changes in legal aid provision


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Solicitors registered for criminal legal aid contact criminalregister@slab.org.uk.


Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

Police Scotland guidance and forms for Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016

Police Scotland has provided its new operating procedures and guidance to support the legal profession in the transition towards implementation of Part 1 of the CJ Act on 25 January.

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Monday, Jan 15, 2018

Help us ensure your clients’ Form 2s are completed correctly

This update seeks your help to ensure clients send us all the necessary financial information – including details of all bank accounts they have – so that applications can be processed quickly.

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Saturday, Jan 13, 2018

Meeting arranged with EBA to discuss further measures to support firms doing police station work

We have prepared an update with information about a meeting arranged with the EBA to discuss further measures to support firms doing police station work.

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Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

Concerns about manageability of police station duty scheme calls

We have prepared the following information to address concerns raised by the profession about its ability to manage the level of calls and attendances resulting from the changes to police station arrangements being introduced on 25 January.

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Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

New fees and arrangements for police station work

From 25 January 2018, police station work will be covered by increased fees on a predominantly fixed or block fee basis.

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Thursday, Jan 04, 2018

Police station arrangements from 25 January 2018 - basic processes for providing advice

This update gives information on the process for providing advice to people in a police station after the commencement on 25 January 2018 of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.

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Friday, Dec 22, 2017

Update on police station duty scheme and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016

The Scottish Parliament this week passed legal aid regulations to support the commencement on 25 January 2018 of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.

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Friday, Dec 22, 2017

Publication of the revised Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

The revised draft Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance has been approved by Annabelle Ewing, the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs.

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Thursday, Dec 21, 2017

New online account negotiation process to allow for quicker payment on reinstated work items

We are changing the way we pay abated accounts that have been submitted using the new account workbench.

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Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017

Crown link problems – sending complaints & petitions directly to SLAB

Crown Link for Receiving Copy Complaints or Petitions Currently Unavailable

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Friday, Dec 01, 2017

Revisal and re-submission of the draft Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

We have now re-submitted the draft Code to Ministers bearing several changes that have arisen as a result of further deliberations by us and others since it was first submitted in September 2017.

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Thursday, Nov 30, 2017

Change in forum for private sector tenancies and eviction proceedings

Proceedings relating to private tenancies will be heard in the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) from Friday 1 December.

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Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

Advice and Assistance verification – online banking and banking apps

We have updated our guidance on A&A financial verification to take account of developments in online banking since it was issued.

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Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

LAOL guidance on duty accounts, hardship applications and criminal A&A notifications

Information on recent updates to Legal Aid Online and a reminder of some of the benefits of completing certain tasks on the system.

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Monday, Nov 13, 2017

New Procedure for Applications for Payment of Expenses from the Legal Aid Fund

There is a new procedure for applications for payment of expenses out of the Scottish Legal Aid Fund in civil cases in terms of Section 19 of the 1986 Act.

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Thursday, Nov 09, 2017

Changes to LAOL Criminal A&A and ABWOR system

Changes were implemented to the online Criminal A&A and ABWOR system at the end of August and we made a few further updates to the system on Monday 6 November.

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Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

A final draft of an updated Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance has been submitted to Ministers for consideration and approval.

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Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

Changes to the arrangements for opposing applications for orders for recovery of sensitive documents in criminal proceedings

The Advice and Assistance (Proceedings for Recovery of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 came into effect on 13 September 2017.

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Thursday, Sep 21, 2017

Improvements made to Legal Aid Online Declarations and Forms page

We have streamlined the way users can access this information by developing a Document Finder tool to make the selection process much simpler.

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Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

Children’s Quality Assurance Scheme set to launch

Peer reviews of children’s legal assistance files will be starting in late September 2017.

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12, Jan, 2018

Glasgow City Council v SLAB judicial review case

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08, Jan, 2018

Police station arrangements from 25 January 2018

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03, Nov, 2017

Annual Report 2016-17 published

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