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Scottish Statutory Instruments
LEGAL AID AND ADVICE
17th December 2001
Laid before the Scottish Parliament
18th December 2001
Coming into force
6th February 2002
The Scottish Ministers, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 31(9) and 36(1) and (2)(a) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986(1) and of all other powers enabling them in that behalf, hereby make the following Regulations:
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 (Availability of Solicitors) Regulations 2001 and shall come into force on 6th February 2002.
2. Where the Board arranges that a solicitor shall be available under section 31(8) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) 1986 for the purposes of providing assistance by way of representation to a person appearing in the proceedings described at regulation 3–
(a)section 31(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 shall not apply; and
(b)assistance by way of representation shall be provided only by the solicitor so made available.
3. The proceedings described for the purposes of regulation 2 are–
(a)proceedings under section 17 of the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981(2); and
(b)proceedings under section 5 of the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001(3).
A member of the Scottish Executive
St Andrew’s House,
17th December 2001
(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations provide that where the Scottish Legal Aid Board makes a solicitor available to provide assistance by way of representation for certain proceedings in terms of section 31(8) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986, an assisted person may only be represented by that solicitor (regulation 2).
The Regulations apply to proceedings where a detained person appears before a sheriff under section 17 of the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981 and section 5 of the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001.
1986 c. 47; section 31(9) was amended by the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 (c. 40), Schedule 8, paragraph 36. The functions of the Secretary of State were transferred to the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 53 of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46).
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