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Civil news: updated mental health guidance published

Revised mental health guidance for use with the 2014 Standard Civil Contract.


Updated guidance has been published which helps providers with questions about mental health work under the 2014 Standard Civil Contract.

Development of this update follows constructive discussions with the Mental Health Lawyers Association and the Law Society.

The updated document clarifies a small number of provisions in the 2014 Standard Civil Contract. For example, the requirements for triggering a Level 2 (Mental Health Proceedings) Fee.

The questions covered in the document are the most common ones raised by providers since the introduction of a standard fee scheme for this work in 2008.

Further information

Standard Civil Contract 2014 – to download ‘Legal aid guidance: mental health 2014’

Published 4 April 2017