In this update:
- Legal aid bill – the end of the road
- New criminal forms
- Guidance for solicitors and barristers billing civil cases
- Family high cost case plans
- Deadline for duty solicitors
Legal aid bill
The bill reached the end of the Parliamentary process this week and is likely to get Royal Assent in the next few days. After ping-ponging between the Commons and the Lords, debate finally reached the end when the final Lords amendment, on domestic violence in family cases, was tied in the Lords and under Parliamentary rules therefore lost.
New criminal forms
Civil billing guidance
In an attempt to reduce rejections of civil bills from both solicitors and barristers, the LSC has issued further guidance. It is quite extensive and useful as a checklist in reducing rejects, and the LSC will implement it in full from 1st June. The guidance for solicitors and for barristers is available on the LSC website.
Family high cost case plans
In a further attempt to reduce rejection rates, the LSC have also issued guidance on submitting high cost case plans in family cases.
Deadline for duty solicitors
Criminal duty solicitors are reminded that changes or additions to scheme membership need to be with the LSC by 14th May.