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Legal aid framework project publishes first policies and decision-makers’ guidance

29 October 2020

An update about a project to develop a new framework for our policies and guidance on legal aid applications and accounts.

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Covid-19: Applicants’ signatures on online declaration forms

7 October 2020

Advice on applications being submitted without clients signing legal aid declarations during Covid-19 restrictions

Civil

Covid-19: Civil Legal Aid payments

7 October 2020

Update on who to contact if clients have change in their financial circumstances or difficulty in making their payments

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Covid-19: Interim fee provisions – submitting claims every three months

7 October 2020

Update on availability of interim payments for all account types every three months providing claim is second or subsequent claim

Criminal

Criminal Duty plans

2 October 2020

All criminal duty plans have now been issued for the period October 2020 – March 2021

Criminal

Consultation launched about application of the Interests of Justice test in summary criminal sheriff court proceedings

1 October 2020

Details on our consultation about how we apply the Interests of Justice test in summary criminal proceedings in the sheriff court and how to submit your views

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ABWOR can now be made available to appeal refusal of historical sexual offence disregards

25 September 2020

Find out about prior approval and eligibility to appeal refusal of historical sexual offence disregards

Criminal

Solicitors contacting Criminal Applications team

9 September 2020

See new phone numbers we've added to make it easier for solicitors with specific queries to contact our Criminal Applications team

Civil

Covid-19: Provision now available to submit interim claims under advice and assistance where there is a prospect of property being recovered or preserved

4 August 2020

Guidance on submitting interim payment claims in A&A in cases during Covid-19 where there is a prospect of property being recovered or preserved

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Covid-19: Payment to be made in full for civil schedule 5 (detailed fees), solemn criminal and children’s interim fee claims

4 August 2020

Streamlined procedures for payment in full that will operate until the expiry of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020