Information for Scottish solicitors who carry out legal aid work, whether it's civil legal aid, criminal legal aid, or children's legal aid.

Civil legal aid

Information and updates for Scottish solicitors who carry out civil legal aid work.

Criminal legal aid

Information and updates for Scottish solicitors who carry out criminal legal aid work.

Children’s legal aid

Information for Scottish solicitors who carry out children’s legal aid work.

Latest legal aid news

England and Wales funding boost underlines Scottish legal aid crisis

Responding to the UK Government Ministry of Justice proposals for £135m additional funding per year for criminal legal aid in England and Wales, the Law Society of Scotland has criticised the lack of progress on resolving the legal aid crisis in Scotland.

Irreparable damage to access to justice without immediate action

The Scottish Government’s historic and continued neglect of the Scottish Legal Aid system will result in people who cannot afford legal advice being denied access to justice, according to a letter from the Law Society of Scotland President to the Scottish Government.

Urgent need for justice sector reform highlighted by Scottish Parliament report

The Scottish Parliament’s Criminal Justice Committee report into reforming the criminal justice sector is an important recognition of critical issues facing the sector and the urgency required for solutions.

Legal aid spending drop highlights funding crisis in the sector

Following publication of the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s annual report, which shows a fall in legal aid spending from £130.9m in 2020 to £99.1m in 2020-21, we have said the drop in funding emphasises the urgent need for a long term funding plan for the sector to ensure those in need can access legal advice and services.

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