Justice and Safety

Legal Aid goes live on mygov.scot

June 2, 2016 by No Comments | Category Justice

panels11Mygov.scot is a website where people in Scotland can access online public services, no matter which organisation or website provides them.

The development of these public pages is a continual process, content is constantly improving as more information and services are added.

The Scottish Legal Aid Board is working in partnership with Scottish Government to include information about legal aid.

The Justice Digital Strategy programme is committed to the development of information and help pages on subjects directly related to civil justice, such as legal aid, as well as the most common areas giving rise to civil justice problems, such as housing and family matters.

Legal aid content is being developed in recognition that people may not know or understand how the legal aid system works, or how to get help or advice, or who to get it from.

This content will be helpful for citizens who:

    • are exploring options for resolving a civil problem to find out what legal aid can or can’t help with and what it could cost them
    • are about to enter the civil legal aid application process (as they have already decided on court action) and want to know what’s involved
    • want to find out about alternatives to legal aid, for example providers of direct advice that could cost less, or in some cases may be free, and don’t involve going to court
    • cannot get legal aid as they don’t meet the legal tests or financial criteria and are looking for alternative ways to get legal advice

Take a look at the live pages, we welcome feedback and ideas at any stage of the Justice Digital Strategy programme so please get in touch.

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