Improved children's legal aid online mandates to be used from 23 June

Friday, Jun 17, 2016

As our previous update explained, new and improved versions of our online mandates must be used from Thursday 23 June 2016.

We thought it would be useful to give you more details about these updated children’s documents.

Firstly, we’d like to let you know that the new mandates have been renamed declarations. This is to help members of the public be clear about the form's function and provide a more accurate description of its purpose.

More significantly, we have revised the following children's legal aid online declarations, which you can now view by clicking on the links below:
•    CHLA/LAO 2011 Act

Following comments and feedback from solicitors, the declarations all now have a standardised style and are in-line with recommended accessibility standards. They have also been redesigned, and in some cases expanded, to help you gather the financial information needed from your client to speed up the application process.

The accompanying guidance for the declarations has also been updated and posted on our website. From 23 June the previous online mandate versions of the forms will no longer be accepted and their continued use could lead to an account’s rejection or issues during future audits.

If you have any queries about this update or comments on the new online declarations please contact:
Mrs A Forbes-Partington Assistant Manager, Direct Dial: 0131 240 2072, or by email:

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