Scottish Legal Aid Board

An executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, responsible for managing legal aid

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To promote the development and delivery of appropriate access to quality legal assistance for those who are eligible. To fund and deliver services that enable people to protect their rights.

Services provided:

  • Advising Scottish Ministers on how legal aid is working and ways to develop it.
  • Managing the Legal Aid Fund
  • Deciding if people have to pay towards the cost of legal assistance, then collecting these amounts
  • Assessing solicitors’ and advocates’ accounts for legal aid work, and paying them for the work they have done.
  • Registering firms and solicitors who do legal assistance work and overseeing the quality of work delivered through quality assurance arrangements.
  • Investigating and tackling fraud and abuse of legal aid.

The Board cannot provide legal advice.

The Financial Assessment Unit can assist with enquiries on eligibility on 0131 560 2164.

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Thistle House
91 Haymarket Terrace
EH12 5HE
United Kingdom

Phone: 0131 226 7061
Minicom: contactScotland - BSL: Scotland's online BSL
Helpline number: 0131 240 2082

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