SLAB’s plan for legal aid review published

Friday, Oct 02, 2015

We have published details of our Engagement Plan for working with the legal profession and others to deliver fresh options as part of a review of the legal aid system.

At the core of the plan is the theme of working collaboratively to find the best solutions for shaping a strategy and future shape for aspects of legal aid in Scotland.

The intention is to draw on the knowledge and expertise within the government, interested bodies and the legal profession in the interests of those who depend on publicly funded legal assistance.

The plan includes the three strands of work that the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, asked SLAB to carry out as part of a review of the government’s strategy for legal aid.

Our website sets out in detail our approach to the engagement process over the coming year, which we hope you will participate in to help inform the options being developed for legal aid in Scotland.

The strands are:

  • Identifying opportunities to streamline, simplify and modernise the legal aid system. More information
  • Updating the Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance. More information
  • Reviewing the management and delivery of police and court duty schemes and in particular, considering how best to deliver and support the delivery of police station advice. More information

The review of the duty schemes is part of a package to consider how best to deliver police station advice and review fee structures to support the operation of police station duty.

This work will be developed and implemented, informed by wider discussion and collaboration with the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates and other stakeholders.

For more information, please contact: Michelle Fegan, Policy Assistant T: 0131 240 1892 E:

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