Scottish Legal Aid Board

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) is an executive non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government, responsible for managing legal aid. It was established in April 1987, under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986,[1] taking over functions previously exercised by the Law Society.

Scottish Legal Aid Board
Agency overview
FormedApril 1987; 34 years ago (April 1987)
Typeexecutive non-departmental public body
HeadquartersThistle House, 91 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HE
Annual budget£137,809
(Total cash expenditure 2015–16)
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Ray Macfarlane, Chair
  • Colin Lancaster, Chief Executive
Parent departmentScottish Government
Scotland in the UK and Europe

In 2006 it had an annual budget of approximately £164 million.