Reviews of Criminal Legal Aid Cases
Part of the criminal defence workload of this firm relates to cases where our involvement is funded by the Scottish Legal Aid Board.Â As a firm that carries out such work, we are required to subject the work that we carry out to occasional peer review.Â Effectively, this means that a selection of our closed files are requested by the Scottish Legal Aid Board and they are sent to experienced, independent criminal lawyers to assess the quality of the work we have carried out.
A number of our cases were recently the subject of such peer review.Â One of those files related to a particularly complicated and difficult case where it was sought to attack the Crown case arguing that certain evidence obtained by police officers was inadmissible due to the police failing or refusing to obtain an interpreter for our client.Â Â Ultimately we were successful in defending the case on behalf of our client.Â We were very pleased to note that in the peer review comments on this case the independent reviewer commented as follows:-
â€œThis is the best file I have seen in any review.â€!
Needless to say we are pleased that occasionally the Scottish Legal Aid Board are able to comment on the quality of representation provided by criminal lawyers working under the Legal Aid regime!