Legal aid



Scottish government has ‘no understanding’ of legal aid problem

The Scottish government has "no understanding" of the seriousness of the legal aid problem, a lawyer has said.

Published 25 October 2021

COP26: Scotland’s bar associations opt out of duty solicitor scheme

Scotland's three principal bar associations have voted to opt out of a duty solicitor scheme less than two weeks before the most important conference in the world due to continued mistreatment of defence lawyers.

Published 19 October 2021

Lord Carloway’s optimism for future of criminal justice ‘entirely misplaced’

More permanent sheriffs may be needed to cope with rising criminal business, the Lord President and Lord Justice General, Lord Carloway, has said.

Published 28 September 2021

Law Society accuses Scottish government of dragging heels on legal aid

The Law Society of Scotland has accused the Scottish government of dragging its feet on legal aid reform following the announcement of its programme for government.

Published 8 September 2021

Scottish government opens £6.7 million support fund for legal aid firms

A new fund worth £6.7 million to support legal aid firms has opened for applications.

Published 4 August 2021

#GownsDown: Defence lawyers’ boycott goes ahead after talks with Yousaf fail

Defence lawyers around Scotland have gone on strike today after last-minute talks with the Scottish government to obtain additional payments from its resilience fund failed.

Published 17 May 2021

Robert More: Big trouble in our little justice system

The Scottish government has made a conscious decision to deprive the legal aid system of funding. The number of lawyers able to service the scheme is dwindling. Wooed by COPFS or simply unwilling to be the sticking plaster in a broken system, they have left. As lawyers strike today, solicitor advocate Robert More tells us what the government will not.

Published 17 May 2021

Scottish government treats criminal lawyers with contempt again

The 'resilience fund' offered to criminal legal aid solicitors by the Scottish government is worth less than half of the money it has saved in legal aid payments over the pandemic as a result of the sharp decline in criminal business.

Published 12 May 2021

Cautious welcome for five per cent increase in legal aid fees

Legal aid fees have increased by five per cent across the board from today, the biggest increase in more than a decade – but the Law Society of Scotland has warned that more must be done to address a "generation of underfunding".

Published 23 March 2021

Law Society welcomes Scottish government’s revised legal aid package

The Scottish government's revised legal aid package has been welcomed by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 18 January 2021

Reality of Scottish government’s legal aid offer laid bare

Significant concerns have been raised over the Scottish statutory instrument implementing an ostensible increase in legal aid fees proposed by the Scottish government last year.

Published 5 January 2021

Mixed response to Scottish government’s £20 million legal aid package

The Scottish government's announcement that legal aid solicitors will benefit from a 10 per cent uplift in legal aid fees and access to a £9 million fund to help those experiencing hardship as a result of Covid-19 has received a cautious response.

Published 23 December 2020

Law Society hopeful of legal aid support following government talks

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has agreed to look at additional options for financially supporting Scotland's legal aid sector.

Published 7 December 2020

Editorial: Teflon Nicola coming unstuck on Scottish justice system

So, today it’s the beleaguered staff at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service balloting on strike action. Yesterday, it was the hard-pressed members of the Edinburgh and Glasgow bar associations taking action.

Published 1 December 2020

Lawyers strike in protest at Scottish government refusal to increase legal aid

Lawyers are taking action today in protest at the Scottish government's refusal to increase legal aid.

Published 30 November 2020