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Government agrees to "Cadder" interview payments
The Scottish Government has agreed to an out-of-hours payment scheme for solicitors attending police station interviews, the Law Society of Scotland announced today.
Ian Bryce, the Society’s Legal Aid Vice Convener, said: “The Scottish Government has agreed to the principle of a payment scheme and further discussions will now place between the Government, Law Society and Scottish Legal Aid Board to negotiate the details and costs.”
The Society is meeting with representatives from local faculties across Scotland today (7 July), to update the profession and get their views on how best to take the discussions forward.
“The Society will continue to negotiate on behalf of its members with the Scottish Government, Scottish Legal Aid Board, Crown Office and ACPOS over the implementation of the interim guidelines which will be rolled out to all summary cases from tomorrow (Thursday),” Mr Bryce added.
“It is vital that discussions continue with our partners in the justice system to ensure the smooth running of the justice system in the interests of the public and which is workable for solicitors who deliver the advice and representation to their clients.”