Legal aid: crime eForm
Use the CRM14 eForm to apply for criminal legal aid online.
You can use the CRM14 eForm to apply online for criminal legal aid throughout England and Wales.
When using the eForm, you also need to complete the Application declaration form and keep a copy on file in case of audit.
You can also use the CRM14 eForm if you are unable to connect to the internet (i.e. offline) – see the ‘CRM14 eForm offline user guide’ below for help with this.
CRM14 eForms are mandatory for criminal legal applications.
In order for the CRM14 eForm to become mandatory a set of enhancements have been implemented. For detailed information on these enhancements, including how to submit non-means tested applications via the CRM14 eForm please read - Guidance on changes to the CRM14 eForm (applications for Criminal Legal Aid) for providers (PDF, 337KB, 8 pages) .
What are the benefits of the CRM14 eForms?
- date stamping of applications on completion of minimal information
- allows Providers direct access to the DWP link to confirm clients benefits status prior to submission
- reduction in the number of rejected applications - you only need to provide the information that is necessary based on the individual case type/client
- incorporates the CRM14 and CRM15 into one form.
- CRM14 eForm uses technology providers are already familiar with (same as the CRM4s, 5s and 7s)
- less paperwork to keep on file
- immediate communication relating to queries and the overall outcome
CRM14 eForm user guide (PDF, 1.12MB, 6 pages)
CRM14 eForm offline user guide (PDF, 956KB, 5 pages)
CRM14 eForm evidence after submission user guide (PDF, 441KB, 2 pages)
Reassigning a CRM14 form (PDF, 315KB, 3 pages)
CRM14 Training Videos
If you are new to submitting CRM14 criminal legal aid applications electronically, you will find the following tutorial videos helpful:
An introduction to the CRM14 eForm
An introduction to the CRM14 eForm benefit checker
An introduction to date stamping the CRM14 eForm
What about evidence and other applications associated to criminal legal aid?
You can also submit the following applications electronically:
Post Submission Evidence eForm – evidence can be submitted via the eForms (LAA Online) Portal. This allows you to attach and link evidence to your original application and avoid delays and cost for you and your client associated to submitting documents via the post.
Interest of Justice appeals – Application to appeal grant of legal aid refused on interests of justice criteria (PDF, 113KB, 1 page) should be emailed to email@example.com and we will consider the appeal administratively within 2 working days.
Withdrawal of legal aid – Application to withdraw a representation order (PDF, 117KB, 1 page) should be emailed to relevant CAT team depending on your location (BirminghamCAT@legalaid.gsi.gov.uk; LiverpoolCAT@legalaid.gsi.gov.uk or NottinghamCAT@legalaid.gsi.gov.uk)
Adding offences to existing Representation Orders - Application to add offences to an existing representation order (PDF, 125KB, 1 page) should be emailed to relevant CAT team depending on your location (BirminghamCAT@legalaid.gsi.gov.uk; LiverpoolCAT@legalaid.gsi.gov.uk or NottinghamCAT@legalaid.gsi.gov.uk)
Transfer of Solicitor applications - Applications to transfer should be sent to the relevant court. Decisions on the application will be made by the court and the LAA will be informed of the outcome. The LAA will then notify all parties and issue an amended representation order where necessary. Please go to Justice website: procedure rules to download ‘Application by Person with Legal Aid to Change Solicitor’ and scroll down to ‘other proceedings’ (part 46 representatives).
Details of the appropriate CAT team for your area can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document below.
Support and guidance
In addition to the Quick User Guides and Training Videos above, you may also find the following useful:
Criminal legal aid processing changes faq (PDF, 446KB, 23 pages) – refreshed and updated to reflect that the CRM14 eForm will be mandatory.
National crime team court list (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 381KB) – list of the Court names within eForms that you can search and filter, together with NCT team who will process your application.
For additional quick guides on using some of the generic features of the eForms portal such as tracking, returning a rejected application go to the Legal Aid: eForms page.
Published: 1 June 2014
Updated: 1 July 2016
- Criminal legal aid processing changes faq updated.
- 'Guidance on changes to the CRM14 eForm (applications for Criminal Legal Aid) for providers' document added to page.
- CRM14 eForm page information amended,
- Updated information on eForms rollout.
- First published.