Guidance and regulation

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From Legal Aid Agency (LAA)
  • Duty solicitors: rotas, information and guidance

    Duty solicitors rotas, lists, standard crime contract 2017 and contact details.

  • Apply for legal aid

    Legal aid application forms and guidance for civil and crime work: apply online or through CCMS, deal with high cost or exceptional cases.

  • Legal aid guidance

    General information including on costs assessment and remuneration for civil and crime matters.

  • Civil legal aid: means testing

    How to work out financial eligibility for legal aid: income and capital means testing, passporting and the civil legal aid calculator.

  • Criminal legal aid: means testing

    Determine financial eligibility for legal aid: check household income, calculate living costs, enforcement action, apply for hardship or eligibility review.

  • Legal aid: apply for exceptional case funding

    Overview, how to apply, where to send paperwork and how long the exceptional case funding (ECF) process takes.

  • Graduated fee calculators

    For use in calculating claims under the Litigators' Graduated Fee Scheme (LGFS) and Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).

  • Crown Court fee guidance

    Crown Court legal aid graduated fee guidance for barristers and solicitors.

  • Claim for criminal legal aid work under graduated fee schemes

    Claim for payment for criminal legal aid work in crown courts under the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme or the Litigators' Graduated Fee Scheme.

  • Work out who qualifies for criminal legal aid

    The rules for legal aid providers, including the interests of justice and means tests, relevant legislation, and making an application.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): processing and payments

    Submit crime and civil claims for payment.

  • Claims paid out of central funds

    The Criminal Cases Unit is responsible for assessing a range of claims paid out of Central Funds.

  • Work out who qualifies for civil legal aid

    Legal aid providers: test scope, merits and means; access legislation and regulations; use the civil legal aid calculator and manual.

  • Expert witnesses in legal aid cases

    Guidance about expert witnesses in cases funded by legal aid, including fees, prior authority and provisions for specific types of expert.

  • Schedule of processes restarting after COVID-19 contingency

    Information on business as usual restart dates and changes to current operational COVID-19 contingency ways of working.

  • Legal aid: submit a claim

    Use claim forms or claim online, eg using CCMS, to get paid for all aspects of legal aid work; find guidance and help with submissions.

  • Family high cost cases

    Care Case Fee Scheme (CCFS), QC/2 Counsel Events, and detailed case plans to use when a legal-aid-funded family case becomes high cost.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): working with clients

    Guidance on working with clients and making applications.

  • Standard civil contract 2018

    The 2018 Standard Civil Contract governs the provision of face-to-face legal aid services in all civil categories.

  • Legal aid: crime eForm

    Use the CRM14 eForm to apply for criminal legal aid online.