Crime news: updated Crown Court fee guidance and new claim forms

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Updated guidance and claim forms are now available on GOV.UK for litigators and advocates for Crown Court fee claims.

A number of changes have been made, especially to support the submission of claims for unused material and paper heavy cases.

Why is this happening now?

The updated guidance and forms are needed because most of the criminal legal aid review (CLAR) accelerated measures came into force on 17 September 2020.

What is now available?

The updated guidance covers:

  1. unused material

  2. paper heavy cases

  3. cracked trials

  4. sending cases to the Crown Court

The new and revised forms cover:

  • unused preparation work

  • special preparation work

What else is on the way?

A further separate consultation on how litigators are paid for pre-charge engagement with the prosecution will take place in the autumn.

A new payment fee to cover ‘sending hearings’ for cases moving on to the Crown Court comes into force on 19 October 2020. Amendments are being made to the 2017 crime contract to support this change and will be published soon.

The next phase of CLAR will be a wide-ranging and independently-led review of the criminal legal aid system.

This will be run alongside work to ensure that fee schemes, especially crime lower ones, are consistent with and enable wider reforms.

Further information

Crown Court fee guidance

LF1 claim litigator fees – for litigator forms

AF1 claim for advocate graduated fees – for advocate forms

Extension of 2017 crime contract to 31 March 2022 – 24 August 2020 news article after publication of CLAR consultation response

Criminal Legal Aid Review – MOJ consultation hub

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