Legal Aid in Scotland

I am pleased that the Ministry of Justice continues to make provision of £1.6 billion a year in legal aid and that a new Legal Support Action Plan has been announced which will ensure resources are available for those who need it most. 

Measures in the action plan include a new focus on the individual and early intervention, as well as greater support for those who need solutions to problems before they become entangled in the legal system. The action plan will also allow for investment of up to £5 million for developing innovative technologies and testing new methods of delivering support, as well as an additional £3 million to support those representing themselves through the court system.

The action plan is just the first step towards reforming the legal support system. Alongside a newly-announced review of legal aid eligibility thresholds, the Government will continue to promote early intervention to resolve problems before they escalate.


Last reviewed January 2020