Section 191 – Legal aid and advice
278.This section amends the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 (“the 1986 Act”). It inserts into the 1986 Act two new Parts - Parts 5A and 5B. Part 5A provides for children’s legal aid to be made available in connection with Children’s Hearings in limited circumstances and in respect of court proceedings in connection with Children’s Hearings. Part 5B provides for the registration and quality assurance of solicitors providing children’s legal aid and assistance by way of representation in connection with Children’s Hearings.
279.The following paragraphs discuss the sections which section 191 inserts into the 1986 Act.