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.
outlines necessary evidence in this area since the introduction of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO).
Lord Chancellor’s guidance
Costs assessment guidance
The Costs assessment guidance has been amended to take account of the 2015 Standard Contract and in order to set out the extent to which disbursements can be claimed for investigatory help work in Exceptional Case Funding matters.
There are 2 versions of the costs assessment guidance, one for use with the 2010 Standard Civil Contract and the second for use with the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Standard Civil Contracts.
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.
This guidance covers all aspects of Crown Court legal aid fees under the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) and Litigators’ Graduated Fee Scheme (LGFS).
A guide to offence classification and type for AGFS and LGFS claims.