Detailed guide: Legal aid guidance

Legal Aid Agency

January 20
11:00 2020


Narrative and guidance: legal aid (PDF, 577KB, 28 pages) details certain aspects of legal aid such as:

  • prior authorities (including authorities for counsel and experts in Children Act cases)
  • funding for cases outside England and Wales

Paying for your civil legal aid (PDF, 591KB, 6 pages) helps clients with civil legal problems.

Evidence requirements for private family law matters guidance (PDF, 855KB, 31 pages)

Lord Chancellors guidance

Lord Chancellor's guidance (under section 4 of LASPO) (PDF, 761KB, 62 pages)

Civil Legal Advice (CLA) - September 2019 changes (PDF, 116KB, 3 pages)

Lord Chancellor's guidance - determining eligibility (means) (PDF, 953KB, 128 pages)

Lord Chancellor's guidance - exceptional case funding (inquests) (PDF, 317KB, 7 pages)

Lord Chancellor's guidance - exceptional case funding (non-inquests) (PDF, 228KB, 20 pages)

Notice to the Director of Legal Aid Casework: Lord Chancellors guidance on exceptional funding (non inquests) (PDF, 10.3KB, 1 page)

Post-judgment notice to Director of Legal Aid Casework (DLAC): IS v DLAC and The Lord Chancellor: ECF Guidance (non-inquests) (PDF, 23.1KB, 1 page)

Costs assessment guidance

The Costs assessment guidance has been amended to take account of the 2018 Standard Civil Contract and in order to clarify that reasonable time may be claimed for submitting communications and applications via CCMS.

There are 3 versions of the costs assessment guidance, one for use with the 2010 Standard Civil Contracts, one for use with the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Standard Civil Contracts and the third for use with the 2018 Standard Civil Contract.

For use with the 2018 contract:

For use with the 2010 contract:

For use with the 2013, 2014 and 2015 contract:

Other guidance

Civil Finance electronic handbook (PDF, 1.73MB, 151 pages)

The statutory charge manual (PDF, 940KB, 115 pages)

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