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Civil news: revised exceptional funding guidance available

Amended guidance and forms follow judgment in case of IS versus Director of Legal Aid Casework.


We are publishing revised guidance and forms for clients and providers on civil legal aid funding in non-inquest cases.

The guidance was published on 12 November 2015 and is available on the exceptional funding pages on GOV.UK – see below.

It takes into account the judgment of Mr Justice Collins in ‘IS versus the Director of Legal Aid Casework and the Lord Chancellor’.

What is changing?

  • updated content on the exceptional case funding scheme on GOV.UK, including how to apply
  • CIV ECF1 form and provider pack have been revised

We will also very shortly issue amended Lord Chancellor’s guidance under section 4 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.


This judgment is being appealed and we will review these changes when we know the outcome.

Further information

Legal aid: apply for exceptional case funding

Published 12 November 2015