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Crime news: reminder of pilot areas for rep orders by email

Providers in selected areas can benefit from receiving copies of rep orders by email.

We would like to remind you of the benefits of a pilot allowing providers to receive copies of representation orders by email.

The pilot started on 20 July 2015 and is being run by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) in the following areas:


  • Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland

North West:

  • Lancashire, Cumbria

North East:

  • Humberside, South Yorkshire


  • City of Westminster (all applications from 28 September 2015)

Immediate benefits

As well as copies of representation orders, the pilot allows providers to receive associated correspondence by email. Immediate benefits include:

  • quicker confirmation of which offences are covered under a representation order
  • more efficient, eg digital copy can be added to your digital file without the need to scan
  • less paper

How can you take part?

To submit an application in our pilot areas, the only change you need to make is to ensure that you enter a valid CJSM address on the CRM14 eForm. This is entered in the ‘firm administrator’s email address’ field.

On the ‘legal representation’ page of the eForm, there are fields for 2 email addresses. You need to type the CJSM address in the second box titled ‘firm administrator’s email address’.

You should retain your usual default email in other areas of the form. Otherwise, your application may not be recognised by LAA systems and you could miss out on important emails containing documents and notifications about your application.

When your application is processed your firm’s copy of the representation order will be sent to the CJSM email account. A copy will be sent direct to the defendant by post.

Further information

Secure email – how to obtain a CJSM account

Crime eForm – to send feedback about the pilot