Applicants should not wait for their application to be rejected to be told what supporting documentation to send with their Form 2

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014

We continue to receive a high volume of poorly completed Form 2 applications with insufficient supporting financial documents. This is despite the fact that in recent years, we have taken considerable steps to revise the Form 2 and make it easier for people to complete and also make it clear what supporting information they should provide.

When we discussed this directly with applicants, some 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 will provide a comprehensive and tailored 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.

By failing to provide complete information, this will only lead to a delay in obtaining a decision on the applicant’s legal aid application and double-handling for the applicant and us. If an applicant is unsure about what to provide, they should telephone the Financial Assessment Unit for advice.

For more information:

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

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