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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


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


Children’s team preparing for changes to age of criminal responsibility

22 November 2021

Legal assistance will be available from 17 December to defend three orders relating to the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019

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Updated phone details for contacting SLAB teams

8 November 2021

Updated telephone numbers on our Contact Us page to help solicitors call directly to the relevant team

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Deadline for responses to legal aid accounts assessment consultation extended to 10 December

4 November 2021

We were asked to extend our consultation about assessing accounts submitted by solicitors and advocates to allow some stakeholders to give it full consideration


Legal aid payments for cases during COP26

28 October 2021

This update provides details of payment arrangements for nominated solicitors for COP26 related and non COP26 related offences

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Update on the legal aid fees for COP26 Cases & Non-COP26 cases at weekend courts

22 October 2021

Scottish Government agreed fees for nominated and duty solicitors providing advice and representation of COP26 related offences or non COP26 weekend courts.