The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has published information on the financial support available.
While there’s no new support for civil legal aid providers, this tells you what options already exist including:
- payments on account in civil cases
- standard and variable monthly payments
Since the beginning of lockdown, we’ve been lobbying for an increase in the number of times payments on account can be claimed. The LAA is now consulting on extending the number of times that payments on account can be claimed from two to four times in 12 months.
There have been some minor changes to provide additional support for criminal legal aid providers.
Payments in criminal cases
Payments in criminal cases information includes:
- hardship and interim payments – all representatives
- payment scenarios
- adjourned trials
- face to face hearings via video, telephone or written representations
- prison video link disbursements
- travel and mileage
- deadlines for claim submission
- claim rejects following submission
- LGFS interim payments
Interim payments – litigators only
The LAA has clarified that these claims can be made following one of these stages in the proceedings:
- the first hearing at which the assisted person enters a plea of not guilty (written indications of plea will be sufficient for payment purposes)
- where representation is transferred to the litigator following the order of a retrial, after the date for retrial has been set
- at the start of a trial listed for 10 or more days.
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