The Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) (Amendment) Regulations 1998

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Published: 1998-03-10

Statutory Instruments
1998 No. 662

LEGAL AID AND ADVICE, ENGLAND AND WALES
The Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) (Amendment) Regulations 1998

Made
10th March 1998

Laid before Parliament
11th March 1998

Coming into force

All provisions except regulations 16, 18 and 20
1st April 1998

Regulations 16, 18 and 20
6th April 1998

The Lord Chancellor, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 21(5), 23, 34 and 43 of the Legal Aid Act 1988(1), and with the consent of the Treasury, hereby makes the following Regulations—

Citation, commencement, interpretation and transitional provisions

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 and shall come into force on 1st April 1998, except for regulations 16, 18 and 20 which shall come into force on 6th April 1998.

(2) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, a regulation or Schedule referred to by number means the regulation or Schedule so numbered in the Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) Regulations 1989(2).

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), these Regulations shall apply to applications for legal aid made on or after 1st April 1998 and applications made before that date shall be treated as if these Regulations had not come into force.

(4) Regulations 16, 18 and 20 of these Regulations shall apply to applications for legal aid made on or after 6th April 1998 and applications made before that date shall be treated as if regulations 16, 18 and 20 had not come into force.

Amendments to the Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) Regulations 1989

2.  In regulation 3(1), in the definition of “appropriate officer”, for the words “Chief Clerk”, there shall be substituted the words “Court Manager”.

3.  In regulation 4(1), after “Forms 1” there shall be inserted “, 1A”.

4.  In regulation 15(1), for “paragraph (2)”, there shall be substituted “paragraphs (2) and (3)”.

5.  After regulation 15(2), there shall be inserted the following—

“(3) An application for review shall not lie to an area committee where the offence is one of those mentioned in Schedule 2 to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980(3) and by virtue of section 22 of that Act, the offence is triable only summarily.”.

6.  After regulation 22(1), there shall be inserted the following—

“(1A) Where section 44A of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968(4) (death of convicted person) applies and the applicant is the personal representative of the dead person, the application for legal aid shall be made to the registrar in Form 1A.”.

7.—(1) In the Arrangement of Regulations, after regulation 22, there shall be inserted the following—

“22A.  Reports by the Board”.

(2) After regulation 22, there shall be inserted the following—

“Reports by the Board

22A.—(1) Where the court or the proper officer is considering an application for a legal aid order or at any time after making a legal aid order, the court or the proper officer may refer an applicant, a legally assisted person or an appropriate contributor to the Board for a report on his financial resources.

(2) Where an application is referred under paragraph (1), the Board may make a report to the court or to the proper officer on the financial resources of the person referred to it.

(3) In compiling a report under this regulation, the Board may investigate the financial resources of the person referred to it and may require him to provide further evidence of any information given in a statement of means or of any change in his financial circumstances together with such additional information as the Board may require.”.

8.  After regulation 23(1), there shall be inserted the following—

“(1A) Where section 44A of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 (death of convicted person) applies and the applicant is the personal representative of the dead person, the statement of means shall be in Form 1A and not in Form 5.”.

9.  In regulation 26(2A), for “23 or 24(1)”, there shall be substituted “23, 24(1) or 22A(3)”.

10.  In regulation 31, after the word “shall”, there shall be inserted the word “forthwith”.

11.  In regulation 32(1)(a), after the word “information”, there shall be inserted the words “or a report from the Board under regulation 22A(2)”.

12.  In regulation 33(a), after the word “information”, there shall be inserted the words “or a report from the Board under regulation 22A(2)”.

13.  In Schedule 2—

(a)the words from “PART 1” to “Forms 2 to 16”, immediately after the heading to the Schedule, shall be omitted;

(b)after Form 1 there shall be inserted the form contained in the Schedule to these Regulations.

14.  In Schedule 2, in Form 1, paragraph 5b), the following words shall be inserted before the word “and”—

“in a previous application for legal aid in this case”.

15.  In Schedule 2, in Form 5, sub-paragraph 2 of paragraph 3, for—

“Children 18 and over

Children 16 and 17

Children 11 to 15

Children under 11
□”,

there shall be substituted the following—

“Children under 19

Date of birth for each child

Children and other Relatives 19 and over


Other relatives under 19

Date of birth for each relative
▭”.

16.  In Schedule 2, Part Two of Form 6 (which deals with Calculation of contribution from INCOME) shall be amended by substituting for “£49”, “£50” and, for “£50”, “£51”.

17.  In Schedule 3, after paragraph 2A, there shall be inserted the following—

“2B.  Where section 44A of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 (death of convicted person) applies—

(a)if the applicant is the personal representative of the dead person, the financial resources to be taken into account shall be those forming part of the estate of the dead person, and not the resources belonging to the applicant in another capacity or to any other person;

(b)otherwise, the financial resources to be taken into account shall be those belonging to the applicant or treated as belonging to him in accordance with the other provisions of this Schedule.”.

18.  In Schedule 3—

(a)in paragraph 10(1)(b)(ii), after the first occurrence of the word “relative”, there shall be inserted the words “aged 18 or under”.

(b)At the end of paragraph 10(1)(b)(ii), there shall be inserted the following—

“(iii)in the case of a dependent child or a dependent relative aged 19 or over, at the rate equivalent to the amount which would have been specified in accordance with paragraph 10(1)(b)(ii) immediately before he attained the age of 19.”.

19.  After paragraph 15 of Schedule 3, there shall be inserted the following—

“15A.  A resource of a capital nature shall not be treated as not belonging to the person concerned by reason only that that person is restrained from using or disposing of it by the order of any court, unless—

(a)that person has requested the court which made the order to release assets forming all or part of that resource for use in connection with the proceedings to which the legal aid application relates; and

(b)that request has been refused.”.

20.  Schedule 4 shall be amended by substituting, for “£49”, “£50” and, for “£50”, “£51”.

Irvine of Lairg, C.
Dated 4th March 1998

We consent,

John McFall
Graham Allen
Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury
Dated 10th March 1998

Regulation 13(b)
SCHEDULE

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) Regulations 1989 so as to—
(a)change the reference to Chief Clerk in the definition of the appropriate officer to Court Manager following a change of name (regulation 2);
(b)make provision for appeals to the Court of Appeal or the House of Lords made on behalf of a dead person pursuant to section 44A of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968, as inserted with effect from 1st January 1996 by section 7 of the Criminal Appeal Act 1995. Where the appellant is the personal representative of the dead person, a special form is prescribed comprising both the application for legal aid and the statement of means, and the appellant’s financial resources are taken to be those of the dead person’s estate; in other cases the actual or deemed financial resources of the appellant, rather than of the dead person, are taken into account (regulations 3, 6, 8, 13 and 17);
(c)provide that an application for the review of a decision by a magistrates' court or a justices' clerk to refuse a legal aid order may not be made if it concerns an offence mentioned in Schedule 2 to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 and by virtue of section 22 of that Act, the offence is triable only summarily (regulations 4 and 5);
(d)allow the Legal Aid Board to investigate and make a report to the court or the proper officer on the financial resources of a person who has applied for or is receiving legal aid in cases which have been referred to the Board (regulations 7, 9, 11 and 12);
(e)to make further provision for a deduction to be made for a dependent child or a dependent relative aged 19 or over when computing the income of a person during the assessment of his resources in respect of an application for a legal aid order (regulation 18);
(f)amend the provisions for the computation of the income and capital of an applicant for legal aid to clarify that assets subject to a Mareva injunction or other freezing order are still treated as belonging to the applicant, unless he has applied for assets to be released for the purposes of the case and been refused (regulation 19);
(g)increase the income limit for non-contributory criminal legal aid from £50 per week to £51 per week (regulation 20);
(h)amend Form 6 in Schedule 2 to reflect the changes made by regulation 20 (regulation 16); and
(i)make other minor amendments (regulations 10, 14 and 15).


(1)
1988 c. 34; sections 34 and 43 were amended by the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c. 41), Schedule 18, paragraphs 60 and 63 and by the Family Law Act 1996 (c. 27), section 26 and Schedule 8, paragraph 44. Section 43 is an interpretation provision and is cited because of the meaning assigned to the word “regulations”.

(2)
S.I. 1989/344; the relevant amending instruments are S.I. 1992/720, 1993/789, 1895, 1994/807, 1995/542, 796, 1996/436, 646, 1258, 2656 and 1997/752.

(3)
1980 c. 43; section 22 was amended by the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (c. 33), section 38(3) and (4), section 170(2), Schedule 16, the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c. 53), section 68, Schedule 8, paragraph 6 and by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33), sections 46, 168(3) and Schedule 11.

(4)
1968 c. 19; section 44A was inserted by section 7 of the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 (c. 35).
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