Scottish Legal Aid Board

Manages the legal aid system, which provides access to legal help and advice for people who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it.


Being arrested: your rights

Includes powers of arrest, rights in custody, legal advice at the police station, young people and vulnerable adults.

Being charged with a crime

What happens if the police charge you with a crime. Includes being released on an undertaking or kept in police custody until your first court hearing.

Help after a break-up

Information and support if you're divorcing or separating from your husband, wife or partner.

Help with a legal problem

Who can help you if you need advice about a legal problem, such as debt, housing, benefits, employment, divorce or claims for money.

Instead of going to court

If you have a dispute with someone or an organisation, there may be ways to deal with it without going to court.

Legal aid

Help with the costs of legal advice and representation in court if you can’t afford it.


You may be able to postpone or stop your home from being repossessed.

Understanding civil justice

Issues like debt, housing disputes, bankruptcy, divorce, and parental rights are dealt with in the civil justice system.