Guidance

Standard Crime Contract 2017

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

Documents

Crime Contract: Specification (Duty Solicitor Amendments 23 July 2018)

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Summary of Amendments to the Crime Contract Specification (23 July 2018)

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Duty Solicitor Guidance (23 July 2018)

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Crime Contract: Specification (June 2018 Prison Law Amendments)

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Contract amendments notice: 25 April 2018

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Summary of amendments to the Standard Crime Contracts (25 April 2018)

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Crime Contract: Standard Terms (Feb. 2018 Prison Law amendments) (amended for GDPR 25 April 2018)

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Crime Contract: Specification (Feb. 2018 Prison Law amendments)

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Specification: Crime Contract 2017

Provider Welcome Pack: Crime Contract 2017 effective from 23 July 2018

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Provider Welcome Pack: Crime Contract 2017 effective from 1 April 2017 to 22 July 2018

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Overview module of digital requirements: Crime Contract 2017

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Overview module of prison law requirements: Crime Contract 2017

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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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Latest updates

29 June 2018 – updated Crime Contract Specification and training slides for Duty Solicitor work

The LAA has made changes to the 2017 Standard Crime Contract Specification and associated training materials as a result of consultation with Consultative Bodies on the Duty Solicitor requirements. The LAA has also published new Duty Solicitor Guidance. The amended contract and new guidance come into effect on 23 July 2018

5 June 2018 – updated Crime Contract Specification and training slides for Prison Law work

The LAA has made changes to the 2017 Standard Crime Contract Specification and associated training materials as a result of changes to the scope of Prison Law arising from the Criminal Legal Aid (Amendment) Regulations 2018 which come into force on 12 June 2018.

16 February 2018 – updated training slides for Prison Law work

The LAA has made changes to the 2017 Standard Crime Contract and associated training materials to reflect the inclusion of certain types of prison law work within the scope of legal aid. These changes arise from the Criminal Legal Aid (Amendment) Regulations 2017 which come into force on 21 February 2018.

Contract

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

The 2017 standard 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.

Specification

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.

Clarifications to Specification

Following the FAQ process we have made 2 clarifications to the specification to make clear that:

  1. The 20 magistrates’ court representations required of a supervisor in a 12 month period may include representation of a client during a magistrates’ court duty session. In these circumstances 1 duty session will count as a single representation.

  2. Duty scheme members must have at least 1 duty solicitor registered on each duty scheme they are a member of, and that ceasing to meet this requirement would ordinarily see a provider removed from the scheme.

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 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 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 review and amendment of monthly payments due under the specification of the 2017 standard crime contract.

Further documents

Published 21 July 2016
Last updated 29 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. 29 June 2018 - updated Crime Contract Specification and training slides for Duty Solicitor work
  2. 'Crime Contract: Specification (June 2018 Prison Law amendments)' and associated updated training slides for Prison Law work published.
  3. Police station representatives register updated.
  4. Standard terms updated, contract amendment notice and summary of amendments published.
  5. Updated training slides for Prison Law work published.
  6. Crime Contract: Standard Terms (2018 Prison Law amendments) and Crime Contract: Specification (2018 Prison Law amendments) published.
  7. Police station representatives register updated.
  8. Police station representatives register updated.
  9. Police station representatives register updated.
  10. Police station representatives register published.
  11. Provider welcome pack, overview module of digital requirements and overview module of prison law requirements published.
  12. Standard terms and specification documents updated.
  13. Specification document updated.
  14. Supervisor declaration form: prison law updated.
  15. Supervisor declaration form: crime updated.
  16. First published.