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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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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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Civil news: questions deadline on face to face and CLA tenders

Civil news: questions deadline on face to face and CLA tenders

You have until 23.59 on 19 October 2017 to ask questions about the 2018 face to face and CLA tenders.

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Civil news: understanding when a case needs exceptional funding

Civil news: understanding when a case needs exceptional funding

Clarification on answering the scope funding question when making your online application in the Client and Cost Management System.

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Civil news: 2018 tender update on HPCDS contracts

Civil news: 2018 tender update on HPCDS contracts

We are opening the tender process for 2018 Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) contracts on 12 October 2017.

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Civil news: avoiding case outcome delays and speedier payments

Civil news: avoiding case outcome delays and speedier payments

Submit case outcomes and upload supporting documents once only for faster payments through the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS).

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Crime news: contacting the criminal applications team

Crime news: contacting the criminal applications team

Calls to the criminal applications team will be diverted to central customer services on 0300 200 2020 from 2 October 2017.

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Crime news: Online portal for duty rota work closed for 24 hours

Crime news: Online portal for duty rota work closed for 24 hours

Defence Solicitor Call Centre (DSCC) online portal is closed from 00:01am 27 September 27 to 00:01am Thursday 28 September.

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Civil news: 2018 tender update on CLA contracts

Civil news: 2018 tender update on CLA contracts

We are opening the tender process for 2018 Civil Legal Advice contracts on 26 September 2017.

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Civil/crime news: take part in customer service survey

Civil/crime news: take part in customer service survey

Let us know how we can improve our customer service helplines.

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Civil news: update to court assessed online claim changes

Civil news: update to court assessed online claim changes

Court-assessed claims submitted in the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) must include a breakdown of advocacy fees from 30 October 2017.

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Civil news: tender process for 2018 contracts opens

Civil news: tender process for 2018 contracts opens

Tenders for new 2018 civil contracts start 19 September 2017.

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Civil/crime news: Portal upgrade now complete

Civil/crime news: Portal upgrade now complete

Users should now be accessing the Portal through the link to the new LAA Online Portal.

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Civil news: limits on emergency representation for JR work

Civil news: limits on emergency representation for JR work

Make sure you understand the rules when self-granting emergency representation in the housing category.

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Civil news: pilot aims to cut paperwork for certificated work

Civil news: pilot aims to cut paperwork for certificated work

Deadline is 15 September 2017 for Bristol providers invited to take part in pilot scheme.

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Crime news: changes to defendants’ costs order Fastrak claims

Crime news: changes to defendants’ costs order Fastrak claims

Starting on 11 September 2017 Fastrak bills for a defendant’s cost order should be submitted by email.

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Crime news: change of address for cost judge appeals

Crime news: change of address for cost judge appeals

New address from 11 September 2017 for notices of appeals to a cost judge for graduated fee scheme work.

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Crime news: digital form for Proceeds of Crime Act claims

Crime news: digital form for Proceeds of Crime Act claims

Starting 11 September 2017 all Fastrak and non-Fastrak Proceeds of Crime Act bills should be submitted using a digital claim form.

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Crime news: attend a drop in session about the Common Platform

Crime news: attend a drop in session about the Common Platform

Drop-in sessions provide opportunity to find out more about the Common Platform and what it means for your work.

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Civil/crime news: update on LAA Portal upgrade

Civil/crime news: update on LAA Portal upgrade

Upgraded schedule and guidance on accessing the Portal.

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Crime news: CRM12 duty rota deadline is 6 October 2017

Crime news: CRM12 duty rota deadline is 6 October 2017

Remember to send CRM12 applications by the deadline if you want to make changes for the next duty solicitor rota.

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Civil news: immigration and asylum, clarification on claiming for hourly rates matters

Civil news: immigration and asylum, clarification on claiming for hourly rates matters

While most Immigration matters are payable under the Standard Fee Scheme, some continue to be paid at an hourly rate.

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Civil news: reminder for Immigration providers, reimbursement of client travel

Civil news: reminder for Immigration providers, reimbursement of client travel

The travel costs of a client for the purposes of attending their office to give instructions, are payable under the immigration contract.

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Civil news: requests for supplementary matter starts in immigration and asylum

Civil news: requests for supplementary matter starts in immigration and asylum

Providers likely to use their immigration new matter starts before the end of March 2018 can request supplementary matters from their contract manager.

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Civil news: HPCDS market engagement

Civil news: HPCDS market engagement

Register for Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme market engagement.

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Civil news: 2018 contracts tender timetable

Civil news: 2018 contracts tender timetable

Tenders for new 2018 civil contracts to start in mid-September 2017.

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Civil/crime news: LAA Portal upgrade schedule

Civil/crime news: LAA Portal upgrade schedule

Upgrade schedule and guidance on accessing the Portal.

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Civil news: quick guides to help you when using CCMS

Civil news: quick guides to help you when using CCMS

CCMS training website contains handy guides you can reference as you use the system.

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Civil news: promoting more accurate billing when you work online

Civil news: promoting more accurate billing when you work online

Changes to our systems to help providers with their billing submissions.

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