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Board profile

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (the Board) is a non-departmental public body responsible to Scottish Ministers through the Scottish Government. We are responsible for managing legal aid in Scotland, which involves helping people who would not otherwise be able to afford it, to get the help of a solicitor, and sometimes an advocate, for their legal problems.

A large part of our job is to decide who should get legal aid. If it is granted, legal aid is used to pay solicitors, counsel – advocates and solicitor advocates – and other costs of the case. The solicitor could be in private practice, employed by the Board or in a law centre. Our work includes:

Our vision is to provide access to justice for those eligible and in need of it, in a cost-effective manner.

As well as employing the full time equivalent of around 300 staff within the Board in Edinburgh we employ staff in the Public Defence Solicitors' Offices (PDSO) and the Civil Legal Assistance Offices (CLAO), throughout Scotland.