Female Scottish solicitor with Law Society of Scotland Smartcard

About Smartcard

In the future, it is envisaged that the Smartcard will open up opportunities for secure e-mail and secure document exchange as well as other services for members.

The project forms a key part of our Annual Plan 2014/15.

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The Smartcard is being issued in partnership by the Law Society of Scotland as the registration authority and Abogacía Certification Authority (ACA, operated by RedAbogacía) as the certification authority.

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More information about the registration and certification authority can be found in the Smartcard FAQs.

What is the Smartcard?

A new photographic ID for practising solicitors - allowing access to courts and prisons and helping reassure the public they are consulting a trusted adviser.

An electronic ID - allowing real-time confirmation of credentials, which will evolve across a range of new and planned services throughout the justice system.

A secure digital signature - allowing practising solicitors to sign documents and contracts entirely electronically, and to receive signatures from others knowing they come from a trusted professional system.

A 21st century register - to ensure that as a professional body, we are seen to hold robust and reliable confirmation of member credentials and offer our members registration services.

The Smartcard will provide evidence of your entitlement to practice.

For more information, check out our Smartcard FAQs.

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