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Criminal law and legal aid round-up July 2020

A round-up of activity undertaken by the Criminal Law and Legal Aid Committees in response to the coronavirus outbreak so far, as well as a look ahead to what challenges they are focussing on next.

Your views wanted - Scottish legal aid fee review

The Legal Aid Committee are looking for your views to feed into their response to the Scottish Goverment's legal aid fee review.

The value of legal aid

Legal aid plays an important role in Scottish society. John Mulholland, President of the Society pays tribute to our member solicitors who work on this basis to provide the very best quality advice and representation to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of our communities.

Scottish Government legal aid fee review: your views

Ian Moir, convener of the Law Society of Scotland Legal Aid Committee, calls for practitioners' experiences of the impact of legal aid fees

Legal aid fees court case

Members providing legal aid services will interested in the progress of a case at Edinburgh Sheriff court where a firm is seeking payment of interest on fees from the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB).

Concerns remain over drop in legal aid spend

We have commented on a further drop in legal aid spend following publication of the Scottish Legal Aid Board annual report.

Consultation presents opportunity to create a fairer and simpler legal aid system

Consultation presents opportunity to create a fairer and simpler legal aid system

Establishing legal aid fee review panel a positive step

The conveners of the Law Society’s legal aid committees are among members of the Scottish Government’s Legal Aid Payment Framework Review Panel, announced today.

Law Society comment on Scottish Legal Aid Board annual report

Law Society pleased with the 3% increase in both civil and criminal legal aid rates but stress the need for a new evidence-based review system to ensure the sustainable future of legal aid.

Plans for legal aid reform published

Implementing new, evidence-based review system must be a priority in plans to modernise legal aid system

Trainees and legal aid

We are working on a joint project with the Scottish Legal Aid Board to gain a better understanding of the number of trainees involved in criminal and mixed practice.

Legal aid mandates guidance

A reminder from our Civil Legal Aid Quality Assurance Sub-Committee that all firms should keep a fully completed and signed legal aid mandate on their legal aid client files.

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