We are extending the 2017 Standard Crime Contract by 12 months to 31 March 2021.
A headline intentions document is available on GOV.UK informing providers about the extension.
Why is this happening?
This is being done so that we can consider the outcome of Ministry of Justice reviews into criminal legal aid and the means tests before we put a new crime contract in place.
These reviews are due to report towards the end of summer 2020.
We will begin to issue contract extension notices to individual providers in the next month. The new schedules will be issued before the end of March 2020.
Standard Crime Contract 2017 – to download ‘headline intentions’ document
Criminal legal aid review
Means test review into thresholds for legal aid entitlement thresholds