Almost half a billion pounds has been slashed from the legal aid budget since the SNP came to power, Scottish Labour has said.
Published 10 February 2020
Exclusive: Scottish government claims dire legal aid warnings 'untrue', despite exodus from profession
The Scottish government has said legal aid is functioning well and that "any suggestion to the contrary is untrue" amid a warning that the tide of lawyers leaving the profession makes its collapse imminent.
Published 27 January 2020
The surfeit of 'awards' ceremonies has devalued many of the honours bestowed on recipients and we can all feel a tad award-weary from time to time.
Published 7 January 2020
Legal aid for vulnerable migrant children who have been separated from their parents has been reinstated in England and Wales.
Published 28 October 2019
The three per cent increase in legal aid fees has not improved low morale among criminal lawyers, the president of the Edinburgh Bar Association (EBA) has said.
Published 23 October 2019
A new report from the International Bar Association (IBA) Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee and the World Bank claims that improving legal aid services is as important for economic growth as providing functioning hospitals, schools and roads.
Published 1 October 2019
Lawyers have expressed concern after new figures showed total expenditure on legal aid fell slightly to £123.7 million in 2018-19, down from £124.4 million in the previous year.
Published 27 September 2019
The Law Society of Scotland has highlighted the importance of making the legal aid system easier to navigate for members of the public and solicitors, and reiterated concerns about the sustainability of funding for the service as part of the response to a Scottish government consultation on legal aid reform.
Published 20 September 2019
Campaigners have called for the legal fees of bereaved families in fatal accident inquiries (FAI) to be paid out of public funds, just as all Scottish Prison Service (SPS) legal fees are paid for by the taxpayer.
Published 6 August 2019
The public is being asked to give their views on how to ensure current legal aid provision meets the needs of modern Scotland.
Published 27 June 2019
Victims of discrimination in England and Wales are being denied their fundamental right to justice and perpetrators are going unchallenged because of failures in the legal aid system, the human rights watchdog has warned.
Published 19 June 2019
Declining access to legal aid in England and Wales has been highlighted in a United Nations report on the UK, which describes the budget as having been "decimated".
Published 22 May 2019
The Law Society of Scotland has called on the Scottish government to pursue "a package of wider reform" following a three per cent increase in legal aid fees.
Published 29 April 2019
All solicitors and advocates who provide people with advice and representation through the legal aid scheme in Scotland will receive a three per cent increase in fees from today.
Published 26 April 2019
The Scottish government had no intention to reverse cuts to the legal aid budget made in 2011, contrary to claims made by the Edinburgh Bar Association (EBA) that these savings were meant to be temporary, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf stated as he announced an impending consultation with the profession on the simplification of criminal fees.
Published 24 April 2019