The Scottish Legal Aid Board

The Scottish Legal Aid Board was set up in 1987 by the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986. The function of the Board is to secure that legal aid and advice and assistance are available to eligible people in relation to Scottish legal matters, or cases before courts and some tribunals. Most of the work of the Board is involved in administering the Scottish Legal Aid Fund, and, in the main, this means working with solicitors in private practice who do legal aid work to ensure that they are properly paid for the legal aid work they carry out. The Board also directly employ solicitors themselves to provide legal services to the public.

For civil cases, the Board employed solicitors work in the Civil Legal Assistance Office.

In the area of criminal law, and representation in criminal cases in Scotland, the Scottish Legal Aid Board employs solicitors within a separate organisation, the Public Defence Solicitors Office (PDSO).   The Public Defence Solicitors Office has offices in seven locations across the country.  For further information on the PDSO click here

For more information about the Scottish Legal Aid Board click here