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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.

Legal aid support package a positive step forward

The Scottish Government has confirmed details of a revised package of legal aid support. Our President, Amanda Millar, has welcomed the package as a positive step forward.

Court protests show ‘clear and understandable’ frustration among solicitors

Commenting on today’s protest action by court solicitors, President of the Law Society of Scotland, Amanda Millar said, “The frustration being felt by the profession across Scotland is clear and completely understandable. Over recent days, I have seen some legal aid solicitors in tears, fearful of the future and angry at a system which does not seem to care.

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.

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