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Solicitor and applicant signatures update

14 December 2023

This update has more information on the position with regard to applicant and solicitor signatures on the legal aid declaration forms, including e-signatures

Civil

Post-consultation policy change to prior approval for unusual work will bring benefits for solicitors and applicants

30 November 2023

Update on changes to our policy removing the need for prior approval to be sought in certain circumstances for unusual work in family and AWI

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St Andrew’s Day and festive closure, payment arrangements and emergency Helpline

23 November 2023

Our offices are closed Monday 4 December for St Andrew’s Day in line with Scottish Courts, with details of payment dates and opening times over festive period.

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Amended regulations for Carer Support Payments and National Security Act 2023 come into force

15 November 2023

Update on changes to legal aid guidance in force for No.4 Regs 2023 from Wednesday 15 November 2023 and Carer’s Assistance Regs 2023 from Sunday 19 November.

Civil

Civil firm activity filter added to our website solicitor finder

3 November 2023

Adding an activity filter should help potential clients and firms by targeting calls at only firms who have done selected civil case types in the last 12 months

Civil

Civil guidance on special urgency cover for Case Management Hearings in family cases updated, and new guidance on Closed Material proceedings

30 October 2023

This update is about new rules for family court cases that came into effect on 25 September 2023 and new guidance on Closed Material Procedure

Civil

Avoiding delays in decisions being made on Civil Financial Form 2

30 October 2023

This update is to highlight the importance of sending us certain required financial information to avoid delays in decisions being made on Civil applications.

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Consultation launched about our policies on advice and assistance (A&A) and ABWOR

25 September 2023

We have launched a consultation today about our policies on the provision of advice and assistance (A&A) and assistance by way of representation (ABWOR)

Criminal

Consultation launched about our policy on ABWOR for the removal of disqualification from driving cases

25 September 2023

We have launched a consultation today about our policy on the ABWOR merits test which we apply in removal of disqualification from driving cases.

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System changes and guidance in relation to the application of VAT on solicitor and counsel fees and outlays

20 September 2023

Guidance on how and when we apply Value Added Tax on accounts for work done for clients not granted a right or permission to remain in the UK