Children’s Duty Scheme – Festive Period Arrangements

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

We have been advised by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) that its offices will be open until 5pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

For firms who are on the Children’s Duty Plan on those days please remember that you will need to be available up to 5pm.

As stated in the eligibility criteria for inclusion on the Children’s Duty Plan, it is a firm’s responsibility to fulfil all duty plan obligations and to ensure that representation is provided where required.

It is important that you let us know immediately if you will be unable to act if required on either day up to 5pm.

Firms on duty over the festive period need to be available as follows:

  • 23rd December – Normal Business Hours (9-5pm)
  • 24th December – Normal Business Hours (9-5pm)
  • 25th December – Not Required
  • 26th December – Not required
  • 27th December – Saturday – there is the possibility of emergency hearings in Glasgow and Edinburgh so for those areas normal business hours apply (9-5pm)
  • 29th December- Normal Business Hours (9-5pm)
  • 30th December – Normal Business Hours (9-5pm)
  • 31st December – Normal Business Hours (9-5pm)
  • 1st January 2015 – Not Required
  • 2nd January 2015 – Not required
  • 3rd January 2015 – Saturday – again there is the possibility emergency hearings in Glasgow and Edinburgh so for those areas normal business hours apply (9-5pm)
  • 5th January 2014 – Normal Business Hours (9-5pm)

If your firm is on duty on any of these dates and your office is going to be closed or unavailable at certain times over the festive period, contact us immediately to make alternative arrangements.

Details of our Festive office opening hours are available on our website.

Out Of Hours Increases

Any solicitor that requires an urgent increase under A&A can get assistance by calling our Out of Hours Solicitors' Urgent Increase Helpline - Tel: 07711424344


Mon-Fri 17.00 - 22.00
Sat-Sun 10.00 - 22.00

If your call is not automatically answered by the Urgent Increase Helpline staff please leave your name and a contact telephone number and we will call you back.

If you are on duty over the Christmas period and have a query or need to inform us of a change in your availability over this period please contact:

Margaret Russell

Deputy Team Leader, Children’s Legal Assistance Team

Tel 0131 226 7061, ext 667 or Email:

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