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

Section 5: Determining nature of complaint

14.Section 5 provides that where the Commission decides that a complaint is eligible and not frivolous, vexatious or totally without merit, it is then to determine whether the complaint is a conduct complaint or a services complaint or both. Where it appears that the complaint may have both conduct and service elements, section 5(2) requires the Commission to consult, co-operate and liaise with the relevant professional organisation and have regard to any views the organisation expresses before making a final decision. Section 5(3) requires the relevant professional organisations to co-operate and liaise with the Commission in this process.

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