Guidance

Civil processing dates

Check timescales for LAA to process your work (for example, civil applications and bills).

Summary of processing timescales

Information will be updated on a weekly basis and the current position will be the oldest date as of Friday the previous week.

The exception is Civil Applications which will be updated on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday to reflect our current processing timescales.

Current targets:

Civil applications Civil bills Very high cost case plans and correspondence (family cases exceeding £25,000 using single counsel)
80% processed (end-to-end) in 20 working days (excluding the most complex cases) 90% of complete and accurate bills within 20 working days 90% within 20 working days

We continually aim to turnaround applications and bills as soon as possible and strive to deliver performance under our current set targets.

Civil applications

Civil application dates are updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (last updated 16 April 2021).

Work type Current position (working days)
Applications (inc means assessments) 11 days
Amendments/Authorities 9 days
Appeal 7 days
Discharge 4 days
Means re-assessments 4 days

Civil bills

These timescales apply to paper and CCMS claims.

Please remember to submit your CCMS Outcome promptly to avoid payment delays as these timescales for CCMS claims reflect those claims that have already had their ‘outcomes’ reported and finalised. Civil news: submitting case ‘outcomes’ and prompt payments

Work type Current position (working days)
Court Assessed 4 days
Fixed fee 4 days
Hourly rate 4 days
FAS 4 days
POA 0 days

Please allow a further 5 – 9 days for payment to be received.

For further performance information please see the Government Performance Platform.

High Cost Family

Work type Current position (working days)
Case plan 29 days
Claim 1 in lieu of a case plan 0 days
Correspondence 21 days
Contracts 0 days

ECCT Applications

Current targets:

Processing Target – Process (end-to-end) 80% of Exceptional and Complex Case Applications (including Emergency applications) in 25 working days
Processing Target – Process 90% of Exceptional Case Funding applications in 25 working days, excluding urgent apps (caseworker time only)
Processing Target % in Target Day Target Hit
Process (end-to-end) 80% of Exceptional and Complex Case Applications and Emergency Applications in 25 working days including emergency apps 90% Day 10
Process 90% of Exceptional Case Funding applications in 25 working days, excluding urgent apps (caseworker time only) 93% Day 21
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