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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.


Thursday, Jul 12, 2018

Glasgow Alcohol Court

A new Alcohol Court is now sitting on a weekly basis in Glasgow Sheriff Court. This new court is only dealing with matters post-conviction, and cases will be referred to this court under any of sections 201, 202 or 203 of the 1995 Act.

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Thursday, Jul 12, 2018

High Court Practice Note and Protocol on the Management of Lengthy and Complex Criminal Cases

No legal aid changes are needed for this at present.

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Monday, Jul 02, 2018

AWI guidance section added to Civil Handbook

The information reflects our established practice and is not new policy.

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Thursday, Jun 28, 2018

Legal aid continues to be available for court-ordered family therapy

The costs of family therapy ordered by the courts have been met under grants of civil legal aid since June 2016 under Regulation 21 of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Regulations 2002 .

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Friday, Jun 15, 2018

New plans online for Children’s Duty Scheme – 25 June 2018 to 23 June 2019

The Children’s Hearings Duty Plans for the next 12 months are now available on our website.

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Thursday, Jun 14, 2018

Update to Children’s Handbook regarding sanction for unusual work

We have amended the Children’s Handbook at Part 3, Chapter 6, Section 6.36 - ‘Work of an unusual nature’ to clarify when you require sanction for work of an unusual nature when you have children’s legal aid in place.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Dedicated sanction guidance hub added to Civil Handbook

Additional guidance has been published in the Civil Handbook to complement the existing information about sanctions.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Annual update on the Quality Assurance Scheme for Criminal Legal Assistance

The fifth annual update highlighting, in general terms, the issues and areas of good practice and the areas for improvement identified in the peer reviews considered between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 has been released.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Notice of changes to Scottish Legal Aid Board Legal Aid Online terms and conditions

Notice is given that in terms of paragraph 25 of the Online Terms that paragraph 13.1 of the Online Terms has been amended with effect from 22 May 2018.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Changes to Children's A&A/ABWOR applications, revised data protection notices and declarations and release of children’s online accounts

This update contains information about system changes that will go live on the evening of Wednesday 23 May.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Choosing police station duty location and revised data protection notices and declarations

This update contains information about system changes that will go live on the evening of Wednesday 23 May relating to entering police station locations for Criminal Justice Act – Police Station A&A, the Data Protection Bill and training and guidance.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Changes to CivSol applications, revised data protection notices and declarations and Civil block fees

This update contains information about a number of system changes that will go live on the evening of Wednesday 23 May.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Publication of Glasgow Sheriff Court Practice Note in Children’s referral cases and associated Children’s Handbook amendments

Practitioners in the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin may be aware that Sheriff Principal Turnbull has issued a new Practice Note that requires to be applied in children’s court proceedings within his Sheriffdom. It may be that in due course other Sheriff Principals will adopt a similar Practice Note.

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Monday, Apr 30, 2018

Part-time peer reviewers needed for Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme

We are recruiting more solicitors experienced in criminal law and the criminal legal assistance system to join our panel of Peer Reviewers for the Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme.

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Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018

Short solicitor email surveys to measure satisfaction with service

Help us measure your satisfaction with our service.

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Wednesday, Apr 04, 2018

Solicitors invited to give their views on experiences of resolving child contact disputes

We have commissioned the independent research agency Wellside Research Ltd to find out more about people’s experiences of resolving a child contact dispute.

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Thursday, Mar 29, 2018

Keycards for 2018/19 published

The keycards for 2018/19, which will come into effect on Monday 2 April, have been published on our website.

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Monday, Mar 05, 2018

System enhancements for Children’s A&A and ABWOR applications postponed

System enhancements for Children’s A&A and ABWOR applications postponed until a later date.

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Thursday, Feb 22, 2018

Apply for Children’s Duty Scheme 2018-2019

Firms wishing to take part in the Children’s Duty Plan to run from Monday 25 June 2018 to Sunday 23 June 2019 are invited to apply now.

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Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018

Police Station Advice & Assistance - changes to online system

A number of amendments have been made to Legal Aid Online in relation to the new Police Station A&A system.

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06, Jul, 2018

No access to SLAB website and LAOL from old operating systems after Sunday 2 September

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28, Jun, 2018

Three more agencies achieve SNSIAP accreditation for quality of casework and representation

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23, May, 2018

Glasgow City Council v SLAB judicial review case

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09, Mar, 2018

Four new Board members appointed and two reappointed

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03, Nov, 2017

Annual Report 2016-17 published

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