The Children`s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 makes major changes to the operation of the Children`s Hearings System. There are significant changes to legal aid provisions as they currently stand. The 2011 Act introduces a Registration scheme, an associated duty system and a Code of Practice including a a scheme for quality assurance for solicitors who are paid under the children`s legal assistance scheme.
Solicitors and firms wanting to provide children`s legal assistance require to be registered with the Board to comply with the Code.
After 24th June 2013 it will not be possible to provide children`s legal assistance unless you are included in the Children`s Register.
Legal Services Agency are holding an essential practical update on the Children`s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 on 21st June 2013.
This event will update delegates on the changes to the Act and anticipate any difficulties it may pose. A range of experts in this particular field will be presenting including Sheriff Alan D. Miller and Professor Kenneth Norrie.
Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
See LSA`s Seminar on the Children`s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 taking place on Friday 21st June 2013.