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LAOL downtime scheduled for Saturday 29 January

20 January 2022

Access to Legal Aid Online (LAOL) will be down for essential maintenance and unavailable between 8am and midday on Saturday 29 January 2022.

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Contacting us – switchboard and updated phone numbers

12 January 2022

Our switchboard is now fully operational again to help solicitors connect to our operational teams as well as updated telephone numbers on our Contact Us page.

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Reminder about Covid-19 measures in place to assist profession

22 December 2021

A reminder of the updated measures we put in place in response to the Covid-19 situation to help minimise risk and safety concerns for legal aid solicitors

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Praise for legal profession as Covid-19 court closures cause sharp fall in payments

17 December 2021

The publication today of our annual report for 2020-21 shows an unprecedented fall in legal aid payments.

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Festive office opening times and payment dates

16 December 2021

Please note our office opening hours, contact information and solicitor payment dates over the Christmas and New Year period

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Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 to come into effect

14 December 2021

The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019l comes into effect on 17 December 2021, raising the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years of age

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New Children’s policies and decision-makers’ guidance published

9 December 2021

We have published the first policies and decision-makers’ guidance for Children’s Legal Aid as part of our Guidance on the Administration of Legal Aid project

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Legal Aid Online unavailable 14 December – 5:30pm to 9pm

8 December 2021

Legal Aid Online will be unavailable on Tuesday 14 December, from 5:30pm to 9pm to implement system changes.

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Consultation launched about civil legal aid financial eligibility assessment

1 December 2021

We are seeking the views of the profession and others in a consultation launched today about how we assess financial eligibility

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Redress for survivors’ regulations come into force 26 November

22 November 2021

We will be updating the keycards and relevant legal aid guidance on our website to reflect the amended regulations