Statutory guidance

Own client crime contract 2015

Contract documents for providers of own client criminal legal aid services, 2015.

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Applies to England and Wales



The 2015 own client crime contract governs the provision of criminal legal aid services.

The 2015 own client crime contract consists of 4 documents:

  • Standard terms
  • Specification
  • Schedule
  • Contract for signature

Standard terms

The standard terms govern the commercial relationship between the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and legal aid providers.


This sets out the rules for carrying out publicly funded criminal defence work in England and Wales. The rates for this work can be found in legal aid legislation.

Sample schedule

This sets out provisions specific to individual providers. Use the sample schedule for illustration as schedules vary between providers.

Sample contract for signature

The contract for signature gives effect to the 2015 contract as a whole. Use the sample contract for signature for illustration as they vary between providers.

Associated contract documents

Category definitions

This sets out the legal definitions of each category of law covered by the 2015 own client crime contract.

Supervisor declaration forms and guidance

These documents set out the requirements that supervisors must satisfy.

Monthly payment protocol

This is the document that sets out the LAA approach to reconciliation and review and amendment of monthly payments due under the specification of the 2015 own client crime contract.

Further documents

Published 13 August 2014
Last updated 15 October 2015 + show all updates
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