The Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Regulations 1995

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Published: 1995-03-30

Statutory Instruments
1995 No. 952

LEGAL AID AND ADVICE, ENGLAND AND WALES
The Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Regulations 1995

Made
30th March 1995

Laid before Parliament
31st March 1995

Coming into force
24th April 1995

The Lord Chancellor, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 25(2), 34 and 43 of the Legal Aid Act 1988(1), having had regard to the matters specified in section 34(9) and having consulted the General Council of the Bar and the Law Society and with the consent of the Treasury, hereby makes the following Regulations:—

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Regulations 1995 and shall come into force on 24th April 1995.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations a reference to any regulation or Schedule by number alone means the regulation or Schedule so numbered in the Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) Regulations 1989(2).

Transitional provisions

3.  Regulations 5 to 9 of these Regulations shall apply for the purposes of work done on or after 24th April 1995 to which the Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) Regulations 1989 apply.

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

4.  In regulations 6(3) and 9(5)(a) for the date “30th June 1995” there shall be substituted “30th June 1996”.

5.  The following paragraphs shall be substituted for Schedule 1 Part I paragraph 1:—

“1.—(1) Subject to paragraphs 1A, 2 and 3, the appropriate authority shall allow fees for work allowed by it under regulation 6 at the following prescribed rates:

(a)

Magistrates' court proceedings

Class of work
Rate

Preparation
£44.00 per hour
— (£46.50 per hour for a fee-earner whose office is situated within legal aid area 1)

Advocacy
£55.50 per hour

Attendance at court where counsel assigned
£30.00

Travelling and waiting
£24.50 per hour

Routine letters written and routine telephone calls
£3.40 per item
— (£3.55 per item for a fee-earner whose office is situated within legal aid area 1)

(b)

Crown Court and Court of Appeal proceedings

Class of work
Grade of fee-earner
Rate

Preparation
Senior solicitor
£52.25 per hour
— (£54.75 per hour for a fee-earner whose office is situated within legal aid area 1)

Solicitor, legal executive or fee-earner of equivalent experience
£44.25 per hour
— (£46.50 per hour for a fee-earner whose office is situated within legal aid area 1)

Articled clerk or fee-earner of equivalent experience
£29.25 per hour
— (£33.50 per hour for a fee-earner whose office is situated within legal aid area 1)

Advocacy
Senior solicitor
£63.50 per hour

Solicitor
£55.25 per hour

Attendance at court where counsel assigned

Senior solicitor

Solicitor, legal executive or fee-earner of equivalent experience

Articled clerk or fee-earner of equivalent experience

£41.75 per hour
£33.50 per hour
£20.25 per hour

Travelling and waiting

Senior solicitor

Solicitor, legal executive or fee-earner of equivalent experience

Articled clerk or fee-earner of equivalent experience

£24.50 per hour
£24.50 per hour
£12.25 per hour

Routine letters written and routine telephone calls

£3.40 per item
— (£3.55 per item for a fee-earner whose office is situated within legal aid area 1)

(2) In paragraphs 1(1) and 1A, “legal aid area” means an area specified by the Board under regulation 4(1) of the Civil Legal Aid (General) Regulations 1989(3), and legal aid area 1 means the area so numbered by the Board.

1A.  Subject to paragraphs 2 and 3, the following prescribed rates shall apply to work done by a franchisee instead of the corresponding rates in paragraph 1(1)(a):

Class of work
Rate

Preparation
£44.75 per hour
— (£47.25 per hour for a fee-earner whose office is situated within legal aid area 1)

Advocacy
£56.00 per hour

Attendance at court where counsel assigned
£30.50

Travelling and waiting
£24.75 per hour

Routine letters written and routine telephone calls
£3.45 per item
— (£3.60 per item for a fee-earner whose office is situated within legal aid area 1)”

6.  In Schedule 1 Part I paragraphs 2 and 3(1), after “paragraph 1” there shall be inserted “or 1A”.

7.  Part II of Schedule 1 shall be amended as follows:—

(a)the following shall be substituted for the Table following paragraph 4(3):

“TABLE

PREPARATION

Type of proceedings
Lower standard fee
Lower few limit
Principal standard fee
Upper fee limit

Jury trials (including any case prepared for trial in which no jury was sworn)
London rate

£127.50

£137.00

£176

£183

£245.75

£257.75

£307

£321

Guilty pleas
London rate

£80.25

£86.25

£108

£112

£172.50

£182.75

£222

£231

Appeals against conviction
London rate

£50.25

£53.75

£67

£69

£150.75

£156.75

£229

£240

Appeals against sentence
London rate

£35.75

£38.75

£51

£53

£91.75

£96.50

£129

£133

Committals for sentence
London rate

£41.75

£44.25

£50

£52

£96.25

£101.50

£139

£143

ADVOCACY IN RESPECT OF BAIL APPLICATIONS
London rate

£25.75

£28.25

ATTENDANCE AT COURT (INCLUDING WAITING) WHERE COUNSEL ASSIGNED)

£21.10

TRAVELLING

£18.25”

(b)in paragraph 4(10), for “£29.00” there shall be substituted “£29.50” and for “£31.00” there shall be substituted “£31.50”;

(c)in paragraph 4(11), for “£10.45” there shall be substituted “£10.75”.

8.  Part III of Schedule 1 shall be amended as follows:—

(a)in the definitions of “lower limit” and “higher limit” and of “relevant standard fee” in paragraph 1, for “paragraph 8” there shall be substituted “paragraph 8(1) (or paragraph 8(1A) in the case of a franchisee)”;

(b)in paragraphs 6(a) and 7(3), after “paragraph 1(1)(a)” there shall be inserted “(or paragraph 1A in the case of a franchisee)”;

(c)the following shall be substituted for paragraph 8(1):—

“8.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (1A), standard fees are payable in accordance with the Table below:—

TABLE

Type of proceedings
Lower standard fee
Lower limit
Higher standard fee
Higher limit

Category 1
London rate

£142.00

£182.75

£264

£339

£341.00

£433.50

£457

£573

Category 2
London rate

£250.75

£321.75

£453

£575

£574.50

£721.75

£756

£921

Category 3
London rate

£226.25

£286.25

£400

£486

£512.50

£602.00

£699

£744

(1A) Where the work was done by a franchisee, standard fees are payable in accordance with the Table below:—

TABLE

Type of proceedings
Lower standard fee
Lower limit
Higher standard fee
Higher limit

Category 1
London rate

£144.00

£185.80

£268

£344

£346.00

£440.00

£464

£581

Category 2
London rate

£254.50

£326.50

£460

£584

£583.00

£732.50

£767

£935

Category 3
London rate

£229.50

£290.50

£406

£492

£520.00

£611.00

£709

£755”

(d)in paragraph 8(2), for “the Table” there shall be substituted “the appropriate Table”.

9.  Part I of Schedule 2 shall be amended as follows:—

(a)in paragraph 9, for “£18.50” there shall be substituted “£19.00”;

(b)in paragraph 10, for “£10.45” there shall be substituted “£10.75”;

(c)The following shall be substituted for the Table following paragraph 11:

“TABLE

Type of proceedings
Standard basic fee

Jury trials (including any case prepared for trial in which no jury was sworn)
£218.25

Guilty pleas
£115.25

Appeals against conviction
£115.25

Appeals against sentence
£72.50

Committals for sentence
£72.50

Standard appearance fee
£45.75

Standard refresher fee

(1) Half day

£80.50

(2) Full day

£156.00

(1) More than a full day

£234.50

Standard written work fee
£29.50”

Mackay of Clashfern, C.
Dated 29th March 1995

We consent

Timothy Wood
Timothy Kirkhope
Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury
Dated 30th March 1995

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations amend the Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) Regulations 1989 by increasing the rates of remuneration for legal aid work in criminal proceedings done on or after 24th April 1995. In the case of solicitors' remuneration for work in magistrates' courts, higher rates are provided for franchisees. The Regulations also alter the date after which certain work may be remunerated at discretionary instead of prescribed rates from 30th June 1995 to 30th June 1996.


(1)
1988 c. 34; sections 25(2), 34 and 43 were amended by the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c. 41), Schedule 18, paragraphs 60 and 63. Section 43 is an interpretation provision and is cited because of the meaning given to “regulations”.

(2)
S.I. 1989/343, as amended by S.I. 1990/488, 1991/529, 838 and 2037, 1993/934 and 1994/1477, 1825 and 2218.

(3)
S.I. 1989/339, as amended by S.I. 1994/1822.
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