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Public Defence Solicitors' Office (PDSO) profile

Established in 1998, the PDSO provides advice and representation to people accused with criminal offences who are eligible for legal aid in Scotland. Employing around twenty one solicitors, three solicitor advocates and support staff, we have offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Dundee, Falkirk, Ayr and Orkney.

PDSO solicitors represent clients in criminal cases in the JP courts, sheriff courts, and High Court of Justiciary. We also represent clients directly in the court of criminal appeal in Edinburgh. Our caseload includes some very high profile and serious cases.

The key objectives of the PDSO are:

  • To provide high quality, timely, appropriate and independent advice and representation to our clients.
  • To abide by the rules of practice of the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Legal Aid Board as well as discharge our duties properly as officers of the court.
  • To conduct our business in an efficient and cost effective manner.
  • To provide the Scottish Government and the Scottish Legal Aid Board with information in relation to the criminal justice system to assist in improving and developing the system.

Find out more about PDSO.