Guidance

Standard Crime Contract 2017

Contract documents for providers of criminal legal aid services, 2017.

Documents

Headline intentions on extending the 2017 standard crime contract

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Standard terms – version 2 (current version) (effective from 25 May 2018)

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Specification – version 5 (current version) (effective from 22 July 2019)

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Duty solicitor guidance – version 1 (current version) (effective from 23 July 2018)

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Specification – version 4 (effective from 23 July 2018 to 21 July 2019)

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Specification – version 3 (effective from 12 June 2018 to 22 July 2018)

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Specification – version 2 (effective from 21 February 2018 to 11 June 2018)

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Specification – version 1 (effective from 1 April 2017 to 20 February 2018)

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Sample schedule

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Sample contract for signature

Draft specification (version 5)

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Summary of amendments to standard terms – version 2 (effective from 25 May 2018)

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Contract notice for amendments to standard terms – version 2 (effective from 25 May 2018)

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Summary of amendments to specification – version 4 (effective from 23 July 2018)

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Provider welcome pack – version 2 (effective from 23 July 2018)

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Provider welcome pack – version 1 (effective from 1 April 2017 to 22 July 2018

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Overview module of digital requirements

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Overview module of prison law requirements

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Category definitions

Supervisor declaration form - crime

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Supervisor declaration form - appeals and reviews

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Supervisor declaration form: prison law

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Monthly payment protocol

Police station representatives register

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Details

Extension of 2017 standard crime contract to 31 March 2021

We are extending the 2017 standard crime contract by 12 months to 31 March 2021.

The above headline intentions document provides further information.

Contract

The 2017 standard crime contract governs the provision of criminal legal aid services and 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.

The standard terms have been amended since the 2017 standard crime contract was introduced on 1 April 2017:

  1. Version 1 is the original version of the standard terms. It is effective from 1 April 2017 to 24 May 2018.
  2. Version 2 is the current version of the standard terms. It is effective from 25 May 2018. Version 2 amended the standard terms to take account of the introduction of GDPR. A summary of the amendments is available in the above documents.

Specification

The specification 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.

The specification has been amended since the 2017 standard crime contract was introduced on 1 April 2017:

  1. Version 1 is the original version of the specification. It is effective from 1 April 2017 to 20 February 2018.
  2. Version 2 is effective from 21 February 2018 to 11 June 2018. The specification was amended because of changes to the scope of legal aid for prison law brought in by the Criminal Legal Aid (Amendment) Regulations 2017 that came into force on 21 February 2018.
  3. Version 3 is effective from 12 June 2018 to 22 July 2018. The specification was amended because of changes to the scope of legal aid for prison law brought in by the Criminal Legal Aid (Amendment) Regulations 2018 that came into force on 12 June 2018.
  4. Version 4 is effective from 23 July 2018 to 21 July 2019. It brought in changes to the duty solicitor requirements, including the 14 hours’ requirement. A summary of the amendments is available in the above documents.
  5. Version 5 is the current version of the specification. It is effective from 22 July 2019. The specification was amended as a result of new rules introducing a right to review Parole Board decisions which came into force on 22 July 2019.

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 2017 standard crime contract as a whole. Use the sample contract for signature for illustration as they vary between providers.

Associated contract documents

Duty solicitor guidance 2018

This was introduced alongside the specification (version 4) that came into force on 23 July 2018. It sets out how the LAA interprets the duty solicitor requirements, including the 14 hours’ requirement.

Training materials

Training materials are available to provide an overview of the 2017 standard crime contract:

Provider welcome pack – version 2 (effective from 23 July 2018) – this provides an overview of the contract from 23 July 2018 when changes were made to the duty solicitor requirements.

Provider welcome pack – version 1 (effective from 1 April 2017 to 22 July 2018) – this provides an overview of the contract before the changes were made to the duty solicitor requirements on 23 July 2018.

Overview module of digital requirements – this provides an overview of the digital requirements in the contract.

Overview module of prison law requirements – this provides an overview of the prison law requirements of the contract. It has been updated to include the changes to the scope of legal aid in prison law brought in under versions 2 & 3 of the specification, and the changes brought in by version 5 of the specification as a result of new rules introducing a right to review Parole Board decisions which came into force on 22 July 2019.

Category definitions

This sets out the legal definitions of each category of law covered by the 2017 standard 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 the review and amendment of monthly payments due under the specification of the 2017 standard crime contract.

Police station representatives register

This is a list of police station representatives authorised to attend a police station under police station advice and assistance.

Police station register arrangements

These arrangements set out the rules for the police station representatives register and include an updated appeals procedure where a police station representative has been suspended from the register.

Further documents

Published 21 July 2016
Last updated 20 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Police station register arrangements published with an updated appeals procedure where a police station representative has been suspended from the register.

  2. Police station representatives register updated

  3. New crime contract documentation added to reflect the new process for reviewing parole board decisions. Version control introduced for the crime contract documentation to make more user friendly.

  4. Crime Contract Extension - Headline Intentions document published.

  5. Updated Crime Contract Specification for Prison Law work published.

  6. Police station representatives register updated

  7. Police station representatives register updated

  8. Police station representatives register updated.

  9. Police station representatives register updated

  10. Police station representatives register updated

  11. 29 June 2018 - updated Crime Contract Specification and training slides for Duty Solicitor work

  12. 'Crime Contract: Specification (June 2018 Prison Law amendments)' and associated updated training slides for Prison Law work published.

  13. Police station representatives register updated.

  14. Standard terms updated, contract amendment notice and summary of amendments published.

  15. Updated training slides for Prison Law work published.

  16. Crime Contract: Standard Terms (2018 Prison Law amendments) and Crime Contract: Specification (2018 Prison Law amendments) published.

  17. Police station representatives register updated.

  18. Police station representatives register updated.

  19. Police station representatives register updated.

  20. Police station representatives register published.

  21. Provider welcome pack, overview module of digital requirements and overview module of prison law requirements published.

  22. Standard terms and specification documents updated.

  23. Specification document updated.

  24. Supervisor declaration form: prison law updated.

  25. Supervisor declaration form: crime updated.

  26. First published.