The Scottish Civil Justice Council and Criminal Legal Assistance Bill was introduced by Kenny MacAskill MSP on 2 May 2012. It seeks to establish a Scottish Civil Justice Council with responsibility for formulating policy, and drafting court procedure rules, in relation to civil justice matters. It also seeks to require some accused people to make financial contributions to the cost of their legal aid bill. In doing so, it creates a new financial eligibility test which will apply to criminal legal assistance in the form of Assistance By Way of Representation (in criminal cases dealt with under summary procedure) and Criminal Legal Aid.
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Published: 07 June 2012