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New fees and arrangements for police station work


From 25 January 2018, police station work will be covered by increased fees on a predominantly fixed or block fee basis. The fee structure is changed to block fees which will be more efficient for solicitors.


Streamlined A&A/ABWOR system for Police Station advice

The new legal aid regulations that came into force on 25 January 2018 for the implementation of Part 1 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 have allowed us to develop a new and much simpler way of intimating grants of Advice and Assistance for police station work, and for claiming payments for this.

Police station advice for Section 44 consultations and Section 32 police interviews is still covered by Advice and Assistance, with the following features:

Improved fees

Where comparisons can be made, the new fees offer some significant increases on the current A&A rates.

Are these fees subsumed?

The fees detailed below are additional to other fees for other work, and are not subsumed into any subsequent grants of legal aid or ABWOR.

Summary of fees available for police station work from 25 January 2018

All fees are inclusive fees, and only one fee is payable for any period of police custody whether under s44 or s32 below.

If you have additional queries not addressed here, please contact: Kingsley Thomas, Head of Criminal Legal Assistance, E: thomaski@slab.org.uk