Legal Aid Schemes

This research is used to inform legal aid policy decision-makers, parliamentarians and the judiciary, and to support the wider legal aid, charity and advice sectors. In 2018 PLP set an ambitious goal of increasing the number of applications to the Exceptional Case Funding scheme to over 3,000 a year by 2020 with a 60% success rate. We aimed to achieve this through casework, training and by providing support to the legal sector. Code of practice in relation to criminal legal assistance. Adaptation of rights of indemnity in cases of advice, assistance or representation in civil proceedings. We know that every case is different from the last, and we strive to ensure that our legal services reflect this.

We work with a range of partners including legal aid providers and not-for-profit organisations, as well as academics and research bodies. If you are having difficulties with legal problems or have been accused of a crime and you are unable to pay legal fees you may be able to receive legal aid from the Scottish Legal Aid Board. Who can help you if you need advice about a legal problem, such as debt, housing, benefits, employment, divorce or claims for money. Legal aid is a fundamental part of Scotland’s legal system and society.

It makes accessing legal representation and advice from a solicitor more affordable for those who need it. A local Law Centre may be able to provide free legal advice. Law Centres are staffed by solicitors and specialist case workers.

You want to go to mediation to help sort out problems with your ex such as arrangements for your children, or your finances when you separate. In this guide we use the word ‘ex’ to mean your ex-husband, ex-wife, ex- civil partner or ex-partner. You might already have separated from them or you might be separating from them now.

Library Law Society library Our law library is free for members to use and offers a range of services to help with your research. My LS gives you access to the latest news, events, books and resources to help you excel within your practice. We are the voice of solicitors, driving excellence in the profession and safeguarding the rule of law. Solicitors do not normally need our approval to cover payments made to interpreters. In some instances they need to contact us in advance to ensure they have the funding in place for this. Travel by the solicitor where the client is unable to attend the solicitor’s office due to disability or ill health.

Be prepared – the more you prepare before you meet your solicitor, the more you’ll get out of it. Make a list of the main things you need to tell them or the questions you have. Get together any paperwork that might be useful and put it in order. This will make it quicker and easier for the solicitor to understand your problem and give you helpful advice. For more helpful tips on seeing a solicitor take a look at How to prepare for seeing a solicitor or adviser.

PLP uses a combination of legal casework, policy work, training and research to improve access to the current civil scheme, as well as helping to shape it for the future. To qualify for civil legal aid, the client’s capital and income must not exceed set financial limits. They must submit evidence of their financial situation for their solicitor to check.