Solicitor updates

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Ensuring valid application for participation individuals at Children’s Hearings – no availability of ABWOR at present

16 June 2022

The correct procedure for applying ABWOR for legal representation of siblings seeking to exercise their rights under section 25 of Children (Scotland) 2020 Act


Platinum Jubilee closures and availability of new holiday court fees

31 May 2022

Our offices are closed Friday 3 June for Platinum Jubilee. Court holidays at the end of this week also mean custody courts due to be held Saturday 4 June 2022.

Legal Aid Online

LAOL downtime scheduled: Tuesday 31 May and Saturday 11 June

16 May 2022

Access to Legal Aid Online (LAOL) will be unavailable 7pm-9pm on Tuesday 31 May and 8am-6pm on Saturday 11 June to allow for essential maintenance.


Judicial expenses claims can now be made online

10 May 2022

Online claims can now be made when you are accepting judicial expenses. From 1 June 2022, paper synopsis will no longer be accepted. See our guidance.


New additional fee available at Easter holiday courts

12 April 2022

Easter custody courts held on Saturday 16 April eligible for new holiday court fee for solicitors representing accused person appearing from custody

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Easter, spring and Jubilee bank holidays: Opening hours and solicitor payment arrangements

11 April 2022

View information about payment dates over the Easter, May Day and Platinum Jubilee public holidays 2022 and office opening hours.


Research shows Covid had little impact on either access to criminal legal aid or client satisfaction

6 April 2022

Findings from research with criminal legal aid clients carried out with the Public Defence Solicitors’ Office and private practice criminal legal aid clients

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Resumption of Criminal and Children’s Quality Assurance scheme peer reviews

30 March 2022

We are resuming Criminal and Children’s Quality Assurance peer reviews, put on hold in March 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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UPDATED: Regulations to increase solicitor and advocate legal assistance fees by 5% come into force on 1 April 2022

24 March 2022

Regulations to increase solicitor and advocate fees for legal aid and advice and assistance by 5% come into force on 1 April 2022

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Disability Assistance Regulations coming into force

21 March 2022

Disability Assistance for Working Age People Regulations 21 March 2022; Adult Disability Payments (ADP) disregarded in disposable income assessment.