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Guidance: Duty solicitor scheme boundary consultations

Guidance: Duty solicitor scheme boundary consultations

List of consultations regarding impacts of court and police station closures on duty scheme boundaries.

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Guidance: Civil 2018 contracts tender

Guidance: Civil 2018 contracts tender

Information for organisations interested in delivering face to face civil, and/or specialist legal advice by telephone.

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Civil news: housing and debt and HPCDS tenders open

Civil news: housing and debt and HPCDS tenders open

Housing and debt and Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme tenders open 9 September 2019 and close at 9am 7 October 2019.

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Crime news: contacting the Defence Solicitor Call Centre

Crime news: contacting the Defence Solicitor Call Centre

Process for logging issues with the operation of the Defence Solicitor Call Centre (DSCC)

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Crime news: contacting the Defence Solicitor Call Centre

Crime news: contacting the Defence Solicitor Call Centre

Process for logging issues with the operation of the Defence Solicitor Call Centre (DSCC)

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Guidance: Escape cases electronic handbook

Guidance: Escape cases electronic handbook

How to submit escape fee case claims.

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Form: CW1: financial eligibility for legal aid clients

Form: CW1: financial eligibility for legal aid clients

Controlled work form: client seeking legal help, help at court or family help (lower).

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Civil news: face to face contracts go live on 1 September 2019

Civil news: face to face contracts go live on 1 September 2019

Start of new contracts for face-to-face advice in education and discrimination matters paves way for removal of mandatory telephone gateway.

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Civil news: face to face education and discrimination training

Civil news: face to face education and discrimination training

Online training for face-to-face providers delivering education and discrimination advice from 1 September 2019.

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Crime news: extension of 2017 crime contract to 31 March 2021

Crime news: extension of 2017 crime contract to 31 March 2021

Contract extension notices are being issued to individual providers.

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Civil news: Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme contracts extended

Civil news: Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme contracts extended

Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) contracts are being extended to 30 September 2020

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Civil news: updated contracts from 1 September 2019 now available

Civil news: updated contracts from 1 September 2019 now available

New contracts replacing current first year schedules for the 2018 Standard Civil Contract are now available.

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Civil news: fee claims for HMCTS flexible operating hours pilot

Civil news: fee claims for HMCTS flexible operating hours pilot

Guidance available on claiming HMCTS ‘participation fees’ for taking part in flexible operating hours pilots in Brentford and Manchester.

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Civil news: changes to speed up payments and new guidance

Civil news: changes to speed up payments and new guidance

Our process for returning civil claims in CCMS is changing on 5 August 2019 to improve processing times and new guidance is available.

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Crime news: changes to crime contract because of new parole rules

Crime news: changes to crime contract because of new parole rules

We have made amendments to the 2017 Standard Crime Contract because of new rules introducing a right to review Parole Board decisions.

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Civil news: 2 counsel high cost case change will boost cash flow

Civil news: 2 counsel high cost case change will boost cash flow

Family case planning change on 15 July 2019 means increased payments sooner and fewer submissions in the Client and Cost Management System.

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Crime news: Rossendales now known as Marston Holdings

Crime news: Rossendales now known as Marston Holdings

Debt enforcement company Rossendales has changed its name to Marston Holdings.

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Crime news: Rossendales now known as Marston Holdings

Crime news: Rossendales now known as Marston Holdings

Debt enforcement company Rossendales has changed its name to Marston Holdings.

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Crime news: extension of 2017 crime contract to 31 March 2021

Crime news: extension of 2017 crime contract to 31 March 2021

Headline intentions document available on GOV.UK with details of extension.

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Civil news: remember to use streamlined approach to family work

Civil news: remember to use streamlined approach to family work

Guidance available to help you benefit from a simplified approach to certificated family work with cost limits of £25,000.

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Civil/crime news: LAA annual report & accounts and DLAC report

Civil/crime news: LAA annual report & accounts and DLAC report

Legal Aid Agency (LAA) annual report published alongside Director of Legal Aid Casework (DLAC) report.

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Crime news: parole board review change and 2017 crime contract

Crime news: parole board review change and 2017 crime contract

We are making amendments to the 2017 Standard Crime Contract because of new rules introducing a right to review Parole Board decisions.

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Civil news: avoid delays to single counsel family notifications

Civil news: avoid delays to single counsel family notifications

Notifications for high cost single counsel family case work will be processed much faster if you supply all the information first time.

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Civil news: updated contract schedules from 1 September 2019

Civil news: updated contract schedules from 1 September 2019

New civil contract schedules beginning 1 September 2019 to be made available by the end of July.

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Civil/crime news: change to variable monthly payments

Civil/crime news: change to variable monthly payments

All variable monthly contract payments will be ‘paid to the penny’ instead of rounded to the nearest pound from 1 July 2019.

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Civil news: face to face and telephone advice service tenders

Civil news: face to face and telephone advice service tenders

Opportunities to deliver a range of face-to-face and Civil Legal Advice (CLA) specialist telephone advice services.

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Civil news: escape cases and civil finance electronic handbooks

Civil news: escape cases and civil finance electronic handbooks

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

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Civil news: deadlines for civil 2018 tender opportunities

Civil news: deadlines for civil 2018 tender opportunities

21 May 2018 deadline for face to face work in three categories of law and 1 June 2018 for CLA discrimination work.

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Civil news: extension of ‘civil claim fix service’

Civil news: extension of ‘civil claim fix service’

Upgraded ‘civil claim fix service’ now covers document requests where the provider believes information has already been submitted.

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Civil news: HPCDS tender deadline reminder

Civil news: HPCDS tender deadline reminder

Deadline for responses to the 2018 Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme invitation to tender (ITT) is 5pm on Monday 4 December.

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Civil news: change to telephone number for Recovery Services

Civil news: change to telephone number for Recovery Services

You should use 0203 8144 366 if you wish to contact Recovery Services about the repayment of legal aid costs.

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Civil news: simpler merits amendments for online case management

Civil news: simpler merits amendments for online case management

We've made it easier to submit merits amendments when working in the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS).

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Civil news: extension notices for civil contracts issued

Civil news: extension notices for civil contracts issued

We are issuing notices to all providers holding civil contracts to ensure coverage before the start of the new 2018 Standard Civil Contract.

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Court news: voice your ideas on £1 billion court modernisation

Court news: voice your ideas on £1 billion court modernisation

Roadshow events seeking views on modernisation of courts and tribunals will be launched by HM Courts & Tribunals Service in November 2017.

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Crime news: Claim for Crown Court Defence ends CCLF access need

Crime news: Claim for Crown Court Defence ends CCLF access need

Online service provided by Claim for Crown Court Defence (CCD) means access to Crown Court Litigator Fees (CCLF) will end in February 2018.

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Civil news: housing and debt and/or HPCDS opportunity

Civil news: housing and debt and/or HPCDS opportunity

Expressions of interest welcome to deliver services for housing and debt in Buckinghamshire and HPCDS in Milton Keynes, Blackpool, Preston.

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Civil news: launch of electronic escape case claim1 forms

Civil news: launch of electronic escape case claim1 forms

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

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Civil news: 2018 contract tender deadlines now approaching

Civil news: 2018 contract tender deadlines now approaching

Information updates and deadline reminders for submitting tenders for civil 2018 contract work.

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Civil/crime news: contracts consultative group minutes

Civil/crime news: contracts consultative group minutes

We are publishing minutes from both the Civil and Crime Contracts Consultative Group meetings on GOV.UK.

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Civil/crime news: Welsh Language Scheme annual report available

Civil/crime news: Welsh Language Scheme annual report available

Progress on operation of the scheme is outlined for April 2016 to March 2017.

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Civil news: funding in international child rights of access cases

Civil news: funding in international child rights of access cases

Clarification of funding arrangements in Article 21 of 1980 Hague Convention for cross-border disputes about rights of access to a child.

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Civil news: checklist for CLA escape fee claim 1 forms

Civil news: checklist for CLA escape fee claim 1 forms

Checklist issued for use with CLA EC-CLAIM 1 on civil escape case billing in CLA cases.

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Civil news: help with how to submit a civil tender

Civil news: help with how to submit a civil tender

Regular updates to civil 2018 contracts tender page on the selection questionnaire, face to face, CLA and HPCDS tender processes.

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Crime news: requesting extra copies of representation orders

Crime news: requesting extra copies of representation orders

We no longer have the resources to send out additional copies of representation orders on demand.

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Crime news: 31 October deadline for defence work online billing

Crime news: 31 October deadline for defence work online billing

Reminder that Crown Court Defence online billing is mandatory for AGFS and LGFS work after 31 October 2017.

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