Claims paid out of the legal aid fund

The Criminal Cases Unit is responsible for assessing a range of claims paid out of the Legal Aid Fund.

Certain types of claims must be submitted using the Fastrak process.

You must send claims to the Criminal Cases Unit (CCU) within 3 months of the court proceedings ending.

CCU assesses legal aid costs incurred in the Crown Court only from:

  • litigators in confiscation proceedings
  • advocates in confiscation proceedings where there are over 50 pages of evidence
  • advocates in interlocutory appeals, and appeals, sentence committals, and breaches where the graduated fee is considered inadequate

How to make litigator and advocate claims

Type of claim Who claims Claim for Form
Confiscation proceedings (Criminal Justice Act 1988, Drug Trafficking Act 1994, Proceeds of Crime Act 2002) - Fastrak Litigators only £2000 or less excluding disbursements PL1 form and guidance Claims must be e-mailed to
Confiscation over £2000 Litigators only All claims over £20,00 excluding disbursements PL2 form Claims must be e-mailed to
Confiscation Advocates Substantive confiscation hearing only and there are over 50 pages. All other claims go to the AGFS team PA1 form plus documents requested on the form and copy of pages for which you are claiming. Claims must be e-mailed to
Other – Discretionary Advocates Interlocutory appeals, appeals against sentence and conviction, committal for sentence and breaches of Crown Court orders where the advocate considers that the graduated fee is not adequate 5145 plus a copy of the representation order; a copy of any written work done; log of work done; taxing note

Interim payments (payments on accounts)

CCU only makes interim payments on legal aid confiscation claims. For a payment on account for a disbursement only please submit copies of the following:

  • invoice
  • prior authority
  • representation order

Extension of time for submitting your central funds or legal aid claim

You can request an extension of time by email at least 7 days before your claim is due.

If you disagree with CCU’s decision you must ask for it to be reconsidered (a review or a redetermination) within 21 days of the assessment.

  • make your request in writing and sign it
  • specify what is disputed and why
  • enclose relevant documents and information
  • advise if you’d like to make an application to be heard

How to appeal

If you’re dissatisfied with the decision on reassessment and you are claiming costs out of central funds (defence, prosecution, or appointee) and your claim relates to proceedings in the magistrates’ court you may apply for a Judicial Review.

If your claim is a:

  • Crown Court legal aid claim
  • Crown Court central funds defence or prosecution costs order claim
  • Crown Court appointee claim

You can within 21 days of the notification of the reassessment decision request written reasons. If you’re still dissatisfied with those reasons, you can appeal to the Costs Judge.

Senior Courts Costs Office
Thomas More Building
Royal Courts of Justice


Telephone 0207 947 6000

How to appeal to the Costs Judge

You can appeal to the Costs Judge within 21 days of receipt of the written reasons. You must complete the appeal form, specifying the disputed amounts. You must send a copy of your appeal to the CCU.

Please refer to the Senior Court Costs Office guide .

Where to send claims for costs dealt with by CCU

POCA fastrak

All new claims for POCA fastrak should now be e-mailed to

All other new POCA and POCA advocate claims should now be e-mailed to

We accept attendance notes in both electronic and hard copy format. If you wish to submit hard copy attendance notes you will need to wait for us to issue a claim number and advise which of our sites your hard copy notes should be submitted to. There may be a delay in processing claims where notes are submitted without a reference.

All other claims should be sent to:

Criminal Cases Unit 1st Floor, Manchester Civil Justice Centre 1 Bridge Street West Manchester Greater Manchester M60 9DJ

Legal professionals: DX: 724785 Manchester 44


Phone: 0161 240 5730

Fax: 0161 240 5846

Our telephone lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

How payments are made by the CCU

Payments are made on 5 and 19 of each month by our payment centre Shared Service Connect Limited (SSCL). For any enquiries or alteration to your account details or for information on authorised payments, contact SSCL on 0845 010 3502 or email:

Published 16 February 2017