Legal Aid

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Following the news that the UK government proposes increasing criminal legal aid funding by up to £135 million per year south of the border, the Law Society of Scotland has criticised the lack of progress on resolving the legal aid crisis in Scotland as one lawyer said the system can no longer

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The criminal legal aid sector south of the border is to receive up to an extra £135 million a year following a consultation, the UK government has announced. The move follows an announcement this week that 94 per cent of Criminal Bar Association members had voted in favour of industrial action

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The Criminal Bar Association has voted to take industrial action in protest at the level of fees paid to them. About 1,800 criminal barristers voted to work to rule from April 11. This is only the second time the CBA has taken such action.

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The Law Society of Scotland has criticised the the Scottish government's suggested increase in legal aid fees. Community safety minister Ash Regan said last week there would be additional improvements on top of a five per cent increase in fees.

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The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) in England and Wales has accused justice secretary Dominic Raab of lies against the backdrop of a looming crisis in the criminal courts. In an article for The Times yesterday, Mr Raab claimed that the CBA is "demanding that I ignore the public law principles that a

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Clan Childlaw is calling for a more child-friendly and accessible legal aid system, in response to an ongoing consultation about financial eligibility for those applying for legal aid. It said the current legal aid system expects children and young people to navigate a complicated system which is no

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Lawyers across Scotland are withdrawing from legal aid schemes due to their continuing dispute with the Scottish government over fees. Solicitors in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and the Borders are not participating in duty solicitor schemes in a move that should cause widespread delays to court proceedings

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A sharp fall in legal aid spending highlights the crisis across the sector. Commenting on the fall in legal aid spending from £130.9 million in 2020 to £99.1m in 2020-21, following publication of the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s annual report, the Law Society of Scotland has said the

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Dozens of solicitors gathered outside Holyrood yesterday to demonstrate their deep dissatisfaction with the Scottish government’s inaction to reform legal aid.Ken Dalling, president of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “This crisis has been a generation in the making and the system is

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The Scottish government has "no understanding" of the seriousness of the legal aid problem, a lawyer has said. The reaction follows a letter from from legal affairs minister Ash Regan to Ken Dalling, president of the Law Society of Scotland, and Julia McPartlin, president of the Scottish Solicitors

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