General information including on costs assessment and remuneration for civil and crime matters.
details certain aspects of legal aid such as:
- prior authorities (including authorities for counsel and experts in Children Act cases)
- funding for cases outside England and Wales
helps clients with civil legal problems.
Lord Chancellor’s guidance
Costs assessment guidance
The Costs assessment guidance has been amended to take account of the 2018 Standard Civil Contract and in order to clarify that reasonable time may be claimed for submitting communications and applications via CCMS.
There are 3 versions of the costs assessment guidance, one for use with the 2010 Standard Civil Contracts, one for use with the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Standard Civil Contracts and the third for use with the 2018 Standard Civil Contract.
For use with the 2018 contract:
For use with the 2010 contract:
For use with the 2013, 2014 and 2015 contract:
sets out the Legal Aid Agency’s approach to costs assessment where work is undertaken in the magistrates’ court under a representation order. The guidance is applied when assessing non standard fee claims and for costs compliance audits on fee claims.
The Crown Court guidance covers all aspects of Crown Court legal aid fees under the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) and Litigators’ Graduated Fee Scheme (LGFS).
Case enquiry contact lists
Case Enquiry Contact Lists for Advocates