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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.

Solicitors protest reform of a system at breaking point

Our President, Ken Dalling, reiterates that the Scottish Government must take action on legal aid.

Law Society of Scotland calls for an explanation for weekend court incident

Our President, Ken Dalling, calls for an explanation after reports of a solicitor being removed from Edinburgh Sheriff Court

COP26 legal aid issues are a 'generation in the making'

The Society's President Ken Dalling has met with the Scottish Government's Minister for Community Safety Ash Regan, to discuss legal aid issues surrounding COP26.

Law Society comment on Programme for Government 2021-22

Responding to today’s announcement of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government for 2021-22, the Law Society's President has criticised the lack of progress on legal aid reform, saying the Scottish Government of dragging its feet on the issue.

Legal aid trainee fund launches

The Scottish Government’s £1 million fund to support 40 legal aid traineeships in Scotland has opened to applicants.

5% legal aid fee increase is a first step, not a fix

Today (22 March) marks the introduction of a 5% increase in legal aid fees, but Law Society President Amanda Millar warns that this is just the first step on a journey.

Court business reduction extended throughout March

The safety of court users remains of primary concern as the Lord President announces that the current reduction in court business will remain in place throughout March 2021.

Scottish Government legal aid resilience fund open

We're encouraging legal aid firms to look closely at the criterial for the Coronavirus Resilience and Recovery Fund for legal aid and apply if they are eligible.