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Crime news: simplifying CRM14 eForms and CRM4 grant letters

Crime news: simplifying CRM14 eForms and CRM4 grant letters

Improvements to application and billing processes will be made on 1 June 2018.

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Civil news: remember the ‘quick guides’ for speedier applications

Civil news: remember the ‘quick guides’ for speedier applications

Providing all the information we need first time will help your application to be processed faster.

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Civil news: handy checklist for speedier applications

Civil news: handy checklist for speedier applications

Guidance available on documents needed to prove eligibility when making certificated applications.

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HMCTS reform roadshow for legal professionals

HMCTS reform roadshow for legal professionals

Ticket information for legal professional engagement event in London on 24 May 2018

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Crime news: updated guidance on the ‘interests of justice’ test

Crime news: updated guidance on the ‘interests of justice’ test

Revised guidance available on ‘interests of justice’ test when you apply for funding.

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Civil news: funding for victims of modern slavery and trafficking

Civil news: funding for victims of modern slavery and trafficking

Administrative Court endorses declaration clarifying when modern slavery and human trafficking victims are entitled to immigration funding.

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Appointment of 2 new members of the Prison Service Pay Review Body

Appointment of 2 new members of the Prison Service Pay Review Body

The Justice Secretary has announced the appointments of Mary Carter and Luke Corkill as members of PSPRB for a period of 5 years from 3 April 2018 to 31 March 2023.

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Civil news: notification letters for HPCDS tender bids

Civil news: notification letters for HPCDS tender bids

Organisations to be contacted about their bids to deliver work under the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS).

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Civil news: 2018 CLA contract discrimination tender opportunity

Civil news: 2018 CLA contract discrimination tender opportunity

Providers have a new opportunity to bid for 2018 Civil Legal Advice discrimination law contract work.

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Appointment of new non judicial members of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales

Appointment of new non judicial members of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales

The Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice announced the appointments of Alpa Parmar and Beverley Thompson-Brown for the period of three years from 2 May 2018 to 2 May 2021.

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Appointment of Gabriella Bettiga as new member of the Tribunal Procedure Committee

Appointment of Gabriella Bettiga as new member of the Tribunal Procedure Committee

The Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice announced the appointment of Gabriella Bettiga for the period of three years from 2 May 2018 to 2 May 2021.

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Civil/crime news: list of individuals excluded from contract work

Civil/crime news: list of individuals excluded from contract work

‘Excluded individuals’ list now available for viewing on GOV.UK.

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Civil/crime news: data protection changes and your contracts

Civil/crime news: data protection changes and your contracts

New data protection legislation means legal aid contracts have to be amended.

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Civil news: further tender opportunities for 2018 contract work

Civil news: further tender opportunities for 2018 contract work

A new tender opportunity is available to bid for 2018 face to face contract work.

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Caroline Corby appointed as the interim Chair of the Parole Board

Caroline Corby appointed as the interim Chair of the Parole Board

Justice Secretary David Gauke has today (23 April 2018) appointed Mrs Caroline Corby as the interim Chair of the Parole Board.

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Crime news: revised AGFS fee calculator and paper forms

Crime news: revised AGFS fee calculator and paper forms

New fee calculator and paper forms for Crown Court work under the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).

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Civil news: guidance updates for escape cases and civil finance

Civil news: guidance updates for escape cases and civil finance

Changes have been made to the civil finance and escape cases handbooks to reflect current guidance.

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Civil news: guidance updates for escape cases and civil finance

Civil news: guidance updates for escape cases and civil finance

Changes have been made to the civil finance and escape cases handbooks to reflect current guidance.

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Civil news: escape cases appeals and evidence requirements

Civil news: escape cases appeals and evidence requirements

New form to allow electronic submission of appeals, simplify the process and streamline the evidence required.

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Civil news: third party financial support for CW1 and CW2 work

Civil news: third party financial support for CW1 and CW2 work

New form aims to simplify means assessment evidence requirements for third party support

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Appointment of 3 Commissioners to the Judicial Appointments Commission

Appointment of 3 Commissioners to the Judicial Appointments Commission

The Lord Chancellor has announced the Royal Appointment of Commissioners to the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).

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Crime news: improvements to Defence Solicitor Call Centre website

Crime news: improvements to Defence Solicitor Call Centre website

Changes mean providers have more options to make online updates to records held by Defence Solicitor Call Centre (DSCC).

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Civil news: Keycard 54 available with eligibility guidance

Civil news: Keycard 54 available with eligibility guidance

Keycard 54 for April 2018 is now available for providers to use.

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Civil news: relaunch of electronic escape case claim1 forms

Civil news: relaunch of electronic escape case claim1 forms

Electronic versions of the EC Claim1 forms are once again available online for use by providers.

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Civil Procedure Rule Committee: Open meeting 11 May 2018

Civil Procedure Rule Committee: Open meeting 11 May 2018

Are you interested in observing the rule making process?

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Appointment of Edward Timpson CBE as new CAFCASS Chair

Appointment of Edward Timpson CBE as new CAFCASS Chair

The Secretary of State for Justice announces the appointment of Edward Timpson CBE for a period of 3 years.

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Civil news: CLA market engagement

Civil news: CLA market engagement

Register now for pre-tender market engagement to be held on 16 April 2018 for CLA discrimination services.

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Civil news: tender opportunities for 2018 contract work

Civil news: tender opportunities for 2018 contract work

We wish to secure greater coverage for 2018 face to face, Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme and Civil Legal Advice contract work.

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Statement from the Justice Secretary on judgment re: John Worboys

Statement from the Justice Secretary on judgment re: John Worboys

Statement from the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, David Gauke, in response to today’s judgment

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Civil news: rule change for clients threatened with homelessness

Civil news: rule change for clients threatened with homelessness

Change from April 2018 means legal advice will now be available in England for anyone threatened with homelessness within 56 days.

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Civil news: improvements to reject process to speed up payments

Civil news: improvements to reject process to speed up payments

Our processes for civil billing rejects and secondary requests are changing to improve accuracy and speed up payments.

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Crime news: CRM14 eForms and CRM4 grant letters

Crime news: CRM14 eForms and CRM4 grant letters

Update on improvement work to our application and billing processes.

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Civil news: next steps for 2018 civil contracts tender process

Civil news: next steps for 2018 civil contracts tender process

Organisations will be advised of the outcome of their face to face civil legal aid tenders from week beginning 19 March 2018

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Violent drug dealer has his sentence increased after Solicitor General challenges it for being too low

Violent drug dealer has his sentence increased after Solicitor General challenges it for being too low

Nicholas Adair has his sentence increased after the Solicitor General's appeal.

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Crime news: simplifying CRM14 eForms and CRM4 grant letters

Crime news: simplifying CRM14 eForms and CRM4 grant letters

Improvements to application and billing processes are set to be made on 20 March 2018.

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Civil news: upgraded ‘civil claim fix service’ launched

Civil news: upgraded ‘civil claim fix service’ launched

Our ‘civil claim fix service’ has recently been expanded to cover secondary requests made for online claims.

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Bogus Police and Trading Standards Officers in Kent

Bogus Police and Trading Standards Officers in Kent

Bogus Police and Trading Standards Officers are operating in Kent.

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OPG contact centre closed due to bad weather

OPG contact centre closed due to bad weather

The Office of the Public Guardian's (OPG) contact centre is closed from midday today (1 March 2018) due to the bad weather conditions.

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Civil news: replacement contract schedules begin 1 April 2018

Civil news: replacement contract schedules begin 1 April 2018

New contract schedules to be issued shortly for civil legal aid work.

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Fairer pay for criminal defence advocates in legal aid cases

Fairer pay for criminal defence advocates in legal aid cases

Today (23 February 2018) the government has announced a new payment system for defence advocates in legal aid cases in the Crown Court.

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Civil news: matching rep order offence dates against HMCTS data

Civil news: matching rep order offence dates against HMCTS data

Offence dates on representation orders issued by the LAA to mirror data held by HMCTS.

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Crime/civil news: CWA bulkload spreadsheet updated

Crime/civil news: CWA bulkload spreadsheet updated

Use version 1.22 of the bulkload spreadsheet when submitting claims via Contract Work and Administration (CWA).

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Crime news: updated prison law guidance following scope changes

Crime news: updated prison law guidance following scope changes

You can download updated guidance and forms following prison law scope changes which take effect on 21 February 2018.

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Attorney General attends Overseas Territories Attorneys General Conference

Attorney General attends Overseas Territories Attorneys General Conference

Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, last week joined the Attorneys General of 8 of the UK’s Overseas Territories for the Annual Conference

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Apply to the Attorney General’s London A and B panel of junior counsel

Apply to the Attorney General’s London A and B panel of junior counsel

The Attorney General is seeking to appoint new members to 2 of his panels of junior counsel; the London A and B panels, to undertake civil and EU work for government departments.

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