Legal aid news and updates

Legal aid news and updates March 2013

Children's legal assistance conference

The Law Society is holding a one-day event on 25 April 2013 to cover the competencies required for registration to provide children's legal assistance. For further information and to register, visit the events section of this website.

Registration for children's legal assistance

Registration for children's legal assistance has now opened. Firms and solicitors wishing to be registered to provide children's legal assistance in time for the implementation of the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 will need to submit their applications to SLAB by 17 May 2013. All firms and solicitors wishing to carry out this work will need to register. This applies even if the individual or firm are already registered for the purposes of criminal legal assistance.

Registration forms, together with the code of practice and duty scheme eligibility criteria, are available on the SLAB website.

The Civil Legal Aid Team recommends that firms and solicitors considering registration do scrutinise the provisions of the code of practice, which includes a number of requirements that firms may find onerous.

Further information can be found on the children's legal aid section of this website.