Criminal quality assurance

You will be subject to peer review if you are registered to provide criminal legal assistance.

The Criminal Quality Assurance scheme was created in partnership with the Law Society of Scotland. It is overseen by the Criminal Quality Assurance Committee (CQAC), which comprises three members appointed by us, three members appointed by the Society and three independent or lay members appointed in consultation with the Society.

Full details on how the scheme operates are available below and you can also view the guidelines.

The Coordinator for the Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme is Lynsey Calder, who can be contacted on

Please contact Kingsley Thomas, Manager of Criminal Legal Assistance, on 0131 240 2085 or by email, if you have any queries about quality assurance.

  • Criminal peer review
  • Routine criminal reviews
  • Extended reviews
  • Final criminal reviews
  • Special reviews
  • Law Society support scheme
  • Peer Reviewers’ role
  • Procedures for dealing with reviews with no files
File Type Size Date
SLAB 2023 Board Report Criminal QA Annual Report July 2023 317 KB | 4 August 2023 PDF 317 KB 4 August 2023