Crime contract tender opens

The has LAA opened the tender process for new crime contracts to start on 1 April 2017. It is not a competitive process and contracts will be awarded to all those meeting defined criteria, whether they hold a contract currently or not.

  • Mandatory criteria, eg professional standing, payment of taxes etc
  • Regulated by an appropriate professional body
  • Hold the SQM (at least passing a ‘desktop’ audit for new applicants) or Lexcel
  • Have an office meeting defined standards
  • Employ a full time supervisor (Criminal Investigations and Proceedings, Prison Law, Appeals and Reviews, depending on the area of law)
  • Meet a ratio of one supervisor to four other designated staff/caseworkers (six for prision law only)
  • Organisations wanting to expand duty solicitors by more than 50% or, where they currently have none, engage 10 or more duty solicitors need to submit additional financial information and their business plan

Timetable

  • 8 August 2016 – Final date to ask questions about the tender (FAQs)
  • 22 August 2016 – Replies to FAQs published
  • Noon 15 September 2016 – CLOSING DATE to submit tenders
  • November 2016 – Outcome notified
  • 12 December 2016 – Deadline to passs verification for inclusion on the rota from 1 April 2017
  • 23.59 13 January 2017 – Deadline to submit Duty Solicitor information and CRM12s
  • 28 February 2017 – Deadline to submit tender verification
  • 1 April 2017 – Contract start date

There is more information about the tender here.

The 2017 Standard Crime Contract can be found here.

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