Removal of client contributions from police interview Advice and Assistance

Monday, Mar 07, 2016

This update is to inform you of new regulations that will apply to any grant of Advice and Assistance (A&A) made after 00.01 on the night/morning of Thursday 31 March/Friday 1 April.

The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions and Contributions)(Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 come into force on Friday 1 April 2016.

These regulations will remove client contributions from grants of A&A made in connection with police interviews. 

This means that all grants of A&A made by solicitors for police interviews will no longer have any contributions, or need the financial tests to be applied. 

A&A will therefore be available and free to all clients being interviewed in police stations. 

Changes are being made to the online A&A system which will mean that for these police interview cases, the financial sections of the application will be bypassed. 

We will be issuing a further update on this nearer the time, explaining how the system changes will work.

As the new regulations come into force on 1 April 2016, this will apply to any grant of A&A made from Thursday 31 March/Friday 1 April. 

Our system changes will be deployed that night in time for this. 

For more information, please contact:
Kingsley Thomas
Head of Criminal Legal Assistance

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