Just to remind people, further to our previous post, that time is fast running out to submit pre-4 August forms. Completed paper forms, submitted by post, signed and dated before 1 September 2014, will be accepted by the LAA as long as they are received on or before 5pm on 5 September.
From 1 September 2014, the new forms are mandatory.
Further to our recent post, the LAA has issued an update earlier today which states that although the new legal aid forms will be available on 4 August, it will still be acceptable to use the old forms until the end of the month.
Pre 4 August paper forms received on or before 5pm on 5 September but signed and dated before 1 September 2014 will still be acceptable.
There will be a new FAS Advocates Attendance Form EX506, to be used for all hearings starting 31 July 2014. Unfortunately, HMCTS does not provide forms in advance of the date they are to be used; but from tomorrow, it will be available via the Court Service Form Finder.
From 31 July, the bundle bolt on fee will be claimed by reference to the Advocates Bundle, not the Court Bundle. The LAA has provided a training module and workbook which provide more information about what is required to justify a bundle payment here.
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The LSC have published a preview of the legal aid forms that will apply from 1st April. The civil ones are here, and the crime ones here.
Old forms should be used up to 1st April, and the new ones from 1st April onwards. The LSC will accept old forms signed pre-1st April up to 30th April, with the exception of civil application forms. As the transitional arrangements make clear, civil applications signed before 1st April must be received before 5pm on 8th April for legal aid to be granted under the old scheme.
Practitioners dealing with civil certificated work will therefore need to be careful to ensure forms are submitted on time and correctly; if a form is rejected and a re-application is required, and the re-application is not received until after 8th April there is a risk that the case will have gone out of scope in the meantime and the client will not get the legal aid they would have been entitled to had the form not been rejected. A provider who makes a mistake on an application with the result that the client can no longer get legal aid will be in a difficult position.
For more on the new legal aid scheme, see our LASPO Resources page, follow us on Twitter @legalaidhbk or pre-order the new Handbook by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org