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Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

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

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Civil news: update on transfer of court assessed claims to LAA

Civil news: update on transfer of court assessed claims to LAA

Law firms and other providers of legal aid will now have a choice of whether eligible claims are handled by the Legal Aid Agency’s civil finance team or the courts.

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Form: EC CLAIM 1: escape fee case claim form

Form: EC CLAIM 1: escape fee case claim form

Forms and checklists to submit escape fee case claims under the 4 different categories.

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Detailed guide: Transfer of claims assessed at court to the Legal Aid Agency

Detailed guide: Transfer of claims assessed at court to the Legal Aid Agency

This page contains guidance for firms to submit court assessed claims to the Legal Aid Agency's civil finance team.

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Detailed guide: Transfer of claims assessed at court to the Legal Aid Agency

Detailed guide: Transfer of claims assessed at court to the Legal Aid Agency

This page contains guidance for firms to submit court assessed claims to the Legal Aid Agency's civil finance team.

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Detailed guide: Duty solicitors: rotas, information and guidance

Detailed guide: Duty solicitors: rotas, information and guidance

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

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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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Detailed guide: Crime processing dates

Detailed guide: Crime processing dates

Check timescales for the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) to process your work (eg prior authority application, graduated fee claims).

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Civil news: means, merits and billing update for CCMS users

Civil news: means, merits and billing update for CCMS users

Change of look aims to improve the user experience for means, merits and billing work in the Client and Cost Management System.

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Guidance: Police Station Telephone Advice Contract 2020

Guidance: Police Station Telephone Advice Contract 2020

Contract documents for the 2020 Police Station Telephone Advice Contract.

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Guidance: Immigration Telephone Advice Services Contract 2019

Guidance: Immigration Telephone Advice Services Contract 2019

Contract documents for the 2019 Immigration Telephone Advice Services Contract.

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Guidance: Directory of providers

Guidance: Directory of providers

Information about legal aid providers by category of law.

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Form: Asiantaeth Cymorth Cyfreithiol: ffurflenni Cymraeg (Welsh forms)

Form: Asiantaeth Cymorth Cyfreithiol: ffurflenni Cymraeg (Welsh forms)

Ffurflenni a canllawiau ar gyfer llenwi ffurflenni (eg CRM14, CRM15, CRM16, CIV modd 1, Civ modd 2).

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Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

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

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Detailed guide: Civil processing dates

Detailed guide: Civil processing dates

Check timescales for LAA to process your work (for example, civil applications and bills).

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Changes to Privacy Notices on Legal Aid Forms

Changes to Privacy Notices on Legal Aid Forms

We have recently updated our legal aid application forms. This includes revised privacy notices to reflect recent updates to LAA systems and processes.

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Guidance: Graduated fee travel expenses

Guidance: Graduated fee travel expenses

Information about allowable travel expenses and rules when submitting a claim under a graduated fee scheme.

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Guidance: Graduated fee travel expenses

Guidance: Graduated fee travel expenses

Information about allowable travel expenses and rules when submitting a claim under a graduated fee scheme.

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Detailed guide: CCMS: online civil legal aid processing and contingency

Detailed guide: CCMS: online civil legal aid processing and contingency

Guidance including contingency arrangements for our online system for civil and family certificated legal aid work.

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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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Detailed guide: Civil processing dates

Detailed guide: Civil processing dates

Check timescales for LAA to process your work (for example, civil applications and bills).

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Civil news: amendments to legal aid eligibility criteria

Civil news: amendments to legal aid eligibility criteria

Compensation provided to claimants of specific compensation schemes will now be disregarded when assessing civil legal aid eligibility.

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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID 19): remote working

Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID 19): remote working

Billing guidance for legal aid providers covering work done remotely due to coronavirus, including remote attendance at the police station, mental health tribunals, video remand hearings and family hearings.

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Detailed guide: Civil processing dates

Detailed guide: Civil processing dates

Check timescales for LAA to process your work (for example, civil applications and bills).

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Detailed guide: Civil legal aid: means testing

Detailed guide: 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.

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Form: Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes (HPCDS)

Form: Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes (HPCDS)

Duty solicitors: forms, guidance and invitations to tender for HPCDS.

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Detailed guide: Civil processing dates

Detailed guide: Civil processing dates

Check timescales for LAA to process your work (for example, civil applications and bills).

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Detailed guide: Claim for criminal legal aid work under graduated fee schemes

Detailed guide: 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.

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Detailed guide: Special and wasted preparation

Detailed guide: Special and wasted preparation

The Criminal Cases Unit is responsible for the assessing all special preparation claims under the litigator graduated fee scheme and advocates graduated fee scheme.

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Detailed guide: Legal Aid Agency audits

Detailed guide: Legal Aid Agency audits

Legal aid providers: what to expect from the LAA audit process, including peer review and contract compliance audit details.

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Guidance: Immigration Telephone Advice Services from June 2021

Guidance: Immigration Telephone Advice Services from June 2021

Information for organisations interested in applying to deliver Immigration Telephone Advice Services from June 2021

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Guidance: Standard Civil Contract (Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme) 2013

Guidance: Standard Civil Contract (Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme) 2013

Contract documents for providers delivering Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes

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Detailed guide: Work out who qualifies for civil legal aid

Detailed guide: 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.

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Guidance: CWA codes guidance

Guidance: CWA codes guidance

Guidance on which controlled work codes to use when submitting your legal aid claim in CWA (civil, crime lower, procurement etc).

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Statutory guidance: Legal Aid Agency data security requirements

Statutory guidance: Legal Aid Agency data security requirements

Guidance for legal aid providers on secure handling of personal documents and data.

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Form: Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes (HPCDS)

Form: Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes (HPCDS)

Duty solicitors: forms, guidance and invitations to tender for HPCDS.

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Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

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

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Form: Legal aid: exceptional case funding form and guidance

Form: Legal aid: exceptional case funding form and guidance

Exceptional case funding (ECF) form, provider information pack (inquests and non-inquests) and funding guidance.

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Detailed guide: Civil processing dates

Detailed guide: Civil processing dates

Check timescales for LAA to process your work (for example, civil applications and bills).

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Detailed guide: Legal Aid Agency payments to providers

Detailed guide: Legal Aid Agency payments to providers

Check dates for processing (crime and civil) and planned BACS payments, get financial statements, switch to variable monthly payments.

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Guidance: Civil legal aid application forms: supporting guidance

Guidance: Civil legal aid application forms: supporting guidance

Civil applications: checklist for new applications, proceedings codes including wordings, limitation codes, borderline cases.

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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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Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

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

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Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

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

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Detailed guide: Legal aid: crime eForm

Detailed guide: Legal aid: crime eForm

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

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