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Monday
Jan282013

Bar Report legal aid funding capped

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has announced new restrictions on legal aid support for Bar Reports in child welfare hearings. 

The cost payable to a lawyer appointed to carry out these reports will be limited to £3000 (excluding  VAT and outlays) for Reports ordered after February 18th 2013.

This move follows a study conducted by SLAB which showed a wide variation in the cost of reports, with average costs ranging from less than £1000 to over £5,000 in different Sheriff Courts across Scotland. 

These limits will not apply to reports funded by individual parties in court cases, but it does give a strong message on how much it should cost to carry out a Bar Report.