Legal Assistance (Island and Remote Areas)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 13 March 2019.

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One constituent has been unable to find a local agent in the islands or a solicitor on the mainland who is prepared to travel to her location. Solicitors have repeatedly cited her location as the reason for that. As a result, she has been left to represent herself on a matter of family law.

What can be done to ensure that people’s prospects of representation are not determined by where they live?