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Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act (asp 5) which received Royal Assent on 19 January 2007

Section 36: Conduct complaints: monitoring, reports, guidance and recommendations

70.Section 36 requires the Commission to monitor practice and identify trends in practice on matters which give rise to conduct complaints and on the way in which the relevant professional organisations have dealt with conduct complaints, and to publish reports on any such trends as it identifies and as it considers appropriate. The Commission is also empowered to give the professional organisations guidance on timescales for dealing with conduct complaints and to make recommendations to the professional organisations about their complaints handling procedures. Each professional organisation is required to consider such recommendations and notify the Commission of the results of its consideration and of any action it has taken or proposes to take in response. The Commission is empowered to carry out audits of the complaints handling records held by the professional organisations.

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