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Civil/crime news: anti-social behaviour injunction fees

Fees for part 1 injunctions under the Anti-Social Behaviours Crime and Policing Act (ASBCPA) 2014 from March 2015.

Details of the fees to be paid for the new part 1 injunctions under the Anti-Social Behaviours Crime and Policing Act (ASBCPA) 2014 are now available.

More detail on the fees is available in a consultation response document on GOV.UK – see below.

This follows the conclusion of the government’s consultation on proposals to make necessary changes to the legal aid payment schemes.

The consultation was called ‘Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014: Consequential changes to remuneration for legal aid services’ and was launched in November 2014.

These changes will be effective from March 2015. The timing has been designed to coincide with implementation of part 1 of the ASBCPA.

The legislation introduces a number of new injunctions and orders, including a series of orders to prevent sexual harm and criminal behaviour, all of which require legal aid.

The new injunctions under part 1 of the ASBCPA will replace Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions (ASBIs), Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and several other tools currently used to deal with anti-social issues.

Appropriate payments

The reforms have been designed to minimise the impact on legal aid providers and the legal fund. This also puts in place appropriate payments to legal aid providers within the framework of the existing schemes.

Payments for applications and appeals against a part 1 injunction will be made at the current standard civil legal aid rates for legal help and legal representation – including travel and waiting time.

Alleged breach of a part 1 injunction

Payments in this situation will be based on the fixed fees applicable in the magistrates’ court under the criminal legal aid scheme. This will include travel and waiting time.

Further information

Changes to remuneration for legal aid services – to download consultation response outlining fee arrangements