Standard civil contract 2014

Contract documents for providers of face-to-face legal aid services in mental health and community care.


2014 Standard Civil Contract: Notice of Extension

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Category definitions 2014

The standard terms 2014

2014 sample schedule (draft)


The 2014 standard civil contract governs the provision of face-to-face legal aid services in the mental health and community care categories of law.

The 2014 standard civil contract consists of the:

  • standard terms
  • specification
  • schedule
  • contract for signature

Standard terms

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

The 2014 standard terms are based on the standard terms 2013 that apply to face-to-face civil legal aid services, with some amendments to implement the requirements of the delivery of mental health and community care since 1 August 2014.


The specification sets out the rules governing the provision of mental health and community care contract work. The procedures for controlled and licensed work and rates for licensed work can be found in legal aid legislation and are referred to in this specification.

The specification is divided into provisions of general application (sections 1 to 6) and category specific rules relating to mental health (section 7) and community care (section 8).


This sets out provisions specific to individual providers, including matter start allocations for controlled work. Use the sample schedule for illustration as schedules vary between providers.

Sample contract for signature

The contract for signature gives effect to the 2014 standard civil contract as a whole.

Use the sample contract for signature for illustration as they vary between providers.

Further documents

You can also use the following guidance and documents:

Published 13 August 2014
Last updated 3 May 2017 + show all updates
  1. Notice of contract extension published.
  2. Mental health guidance updated.
  3. Amendment notification published for 2013, 2014, & 2015 Standard Civil Contracts, plus CLA specification. Also updated Standard Civil Contracts specification: general rules 1-6.
  4. Updated to include 'Table of Amendments for Standard Civil Contracts' and 'Contract Notice Amendments to the 2013 and 2014 Standard Civil Contracts'.
  5. Contract amendment notice, general specification and category definitions amended to reflect 2015 anti social behaviour amendments.
  6. First published.