Additional required information letters for incomplete Form 2s will no longer be sent

Thursday, Oct 09, 2014

We continue to receive a high volume of poorly completed Form 2 applications with insufficient supporting financial documents.

Failing to provide all the necessary information leads to a delay in obtaining a decision on the applicant’s legal aid application.

Where we receive an incomplete application we issue a rejection letter to both the applicant and their solicitor clearly stating what information is needed to allow the application to be registered.

If there is more than one financial reason for rejection we make it clear in our letters that all the requested information must be collated and sent to us at the same time.

Our letter also explains that if the outstanding information is sent separately, we will be unable to make a decision on the application and no action will be taken until all of it is received.

Up until now, when we received only part of the outstanding information we wrote again to the applicant and their solicitor to acknowledge this and tell them what is still required.

Due to pressures on our resources we will not be able to send you or your clients these additional letters.

This change will take effect from Monday 13 October 2014.

Until your client sends all the requested financial information to SLAB, we will not be able to proceed with their application.

In our update of 6 August, we explained that some applicants we spoke to claimed to have been advised by their solicitors’ firms to submit the Form 2 with minimal supporting documentation because the resultant rejection letter from SLAB provides a list of what is required to support the application.

This is unnecessary as the revised Form 2 and its guidance provides comprehensive information about the nature, age and amount of supporting documentation required for each aspect of an applicant’s income and capital.

If an applicant is unsure about what to provide, they should telephone the Financial Assessment Unit for advice - 0845 123 2330 (open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm).

For more information:

Joe Kelly, Head of Civil and Children’s Legal Assistance, 0131 240 2031

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