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Scottish Human Rights Bill plan ‘laudable but ambitious’

The Law Society of Scotland has confirmed its support for new legislation to enhance the legal protection of human rights,...

Legal aid left in the dark despite welcome focus on justice sector

The Law Society of Scotland says the Scottish Government is right to focus on the justice sector in its 2023-24 Programme for Government, but is deeply concerned that legal aid has again been ignored.

Long-term change to save legal aid must be fast-tracked

The Law Society of Scotland has described the Scottish Government’s confirmation of an additional £11 million for legal aid as ‘a step in the right direction’ but called for urgent progress on a formal review mechanism to ensure the sector remains sustainable.

Law Society backs call for urgent reform to legal aid system

The Law Society of Scotland has backed the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s call for urgent reform to address the crisis facing the legal aid system and access to justice as a whole.

Legal aid crisis hitting Scotland's most deprived families

New data reveals hundreds of legal aid ‘not-spots’ – deprived communities with no civil legal aid firms.

Proposed fee increase marks progress but more action needed to resolve legal aid crisis

The Law Society of Scotland has stated that a proposed rise in legal aid fees is a step in the right direction, but further action is urgently needed to resolve the long-term crisis in the sector.

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