Legal aid: eForms

Submit civil eForm POA1 and crime eForms CRM4, CRM4a, CRM5, CRM7 and CRM14.

Applies to England and Wales

Sign up for eForms

eForms is a secure online system through which you can make applications for legal aid and submit claims for payment.

If your firm does not use eForms, please email, including your firm name, LAA account number, and the names and email addresses of all users to be granted access. LAA will send you details of how to access eForms via LAA online.

If your firm has existing eForms users, your eForms administrator can register new users for your firm. Please see the ‘Registering a new user’ quick guide below.

eForms available

Civil eForms

  • POA1 – payments on account

Barrister POA should still be submitted by paper.

Crime eForms

  • CRM4 – application for prior authority to incur disbursements
  • CRM4a (PDF, 217 KB, 2 pages) – not mandatory but can be annexed to the CRM4 eForm to support your application for prior authority
  • CRM5 – application for extension of upper limit
  • CRM7 – non-standard fee contract work assessment form
  • CRM14 – application for legal aid

For more information about the CRM14, go to crime eForms.

Quick guides

Registering a new user (PDF, 385 KB, 2 pages)

Submitting an eForm (PDF, 230 KB, 2 pages)

Tracking eForms (PDF, 295 KB, 2 pages)

Reviewer role (PDF, 227 KB, 2 pages)

CRM4 guidance (PDF, 393 KB, 2 pages)

CRM4a guidance (PDF, 189 KB, 2 pages)

CRM5 guidance (PDF, 504 KB, 2 pages)

CRM7 guidance (PDF, 364 KB, 2 pages)

POA guidance (PDF, 350 KB, 4 pages)

Civil reject code guidance (PDF, 185 KB, 1 page)

Uploading from a case management system (PDF, 423 KB, 3 pages)

Registering a new user to eForms (MS Word Document, 70 KB)

Finding your returned (rejected) or reassigned form (PDF, 517 KB, 1 page)

Reassigning a CRM14 form (PDF, 784 KB, 3 pages)

Using TABs (PDF, 939 KB, 4 pages)


A single telephone number should be used for enquiries about criminal legal aid applications including eForm portal support:

Criminal applications helpline: 0300 200 2020 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays

Published 1 June 2014
Last updated 26 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. CRM4a form and guidance added to page.

  2. Guidance on eforms system changes published.

  3. Telephone number change (Bristol)

  4. First published.