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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.

Legal aid must work for those who need it

After calling for an urgent overhaul of Scotland’s legal aid system, we have welcomed today’s report by Martyn Evans which says Scotland needs to ‘rethink legal aid’ and needs a ‘fundamentally new approach’.

New rights for suspects present funding challenge

New legislation provides right for all suspects held at police stations to request legal advice

Legal aid benefits Scotland’s health, wealth and happiness

Every person in Scotland benefits from legal aid according to a new study which is the first of its kind in Scotland.

SLAB annual report 2017

The Law Society has responded to the publication of the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s (SLAB) annual report 2017 today, Friday, 3 November, which shows a further overall drop in legal aid spending from £137.8 million to £135.7 million.

Society launches survey on impact of legal aid

The Law Society of Scotland has launched an online survey to assess the impact of legal aid work in Scotland.

Urgent investment needed to secure long-term future of legal aid

The Law Society of Scotland has called for increased investment, less bureaucracy and better use of technology to ensure the long-term sustainability of legal aid.

Legal services review announced

The Law Society of Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today, Tuesday, 25 April, of an independent review of legal services, saying that current legislation governing the legal sector is no longer fit for purpose.

Society calls for delay on SLAB code of practice

The Law Society of Scotland has called for the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) to postpone the introduction of a proposed new code of practice until new legal aid fee levels for providing police station advice are agreed.

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