Changes to Criminal Legal Aid in September and October 2020

 

This course will cover the following topics:

 

  • The re-introduction of payment to the firm where cases are sent to the Crown Court under Section 51 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998

  • The new increased Cracked Trials Fees for Advocates where cases are sent to the Crown Court

  • The definition of a Cracked Trial from Statutory Instrument 2013 No.435 and from the Legal Aid Agency Crown Court Fee Guidance Document (June 2019)

  • Payment for reading unused material (Advocates)

  • Payment from reading unused material (Litigators)

  • The Basic Consideration Fee (Advocates)

  • The Basic Consideration Fee (Litigators)

  • The hourly rates payable as an Additional Fee for reading unused material (Advocates)

  • The hourly rates payable as an Additional Fee for reading unused material (Litigators)

  • Guilty Plea/Cracked Trial/Trial - the effect upon the Fee

  • The re-introduction of payment by way of Special Preparation (hourly rates) where the pages of prosecution evidence (PPE) exceeds a certain amount (Advocates)

  • The importance of understanding the various Categories and Bandings in relation to the payment of Special Preparation (hourly rates) (Advocates