The Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Publication Date:January 01, 2017

2017No. 1019

LEGAL AID AND ADVICE, ENGLAND AND WALES

The Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Made23rdOctober2017

Laid before Parliament24thOctober2017

Coming into force1stDecember2017

The Lord Chancellor makes the following Regulations( 1) in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 2(3), 41(1) to 41(3) of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012( 2).

Citation and commencement

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and come into force on 1st December 2017.

Amendments to the Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) Regulations 2013

2.—(1) Schedule 2 to the Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) Regulations 2013 (Litigators' Graduated Fee Scheme)( 3) is amended as follows.

(2) In paragraph 2(7) (application)( 4), in both places it appears, for “10,000” substitute “6,000”.

(3) For the tables following paragraph 8(2) (table of final fees in cracked trials and table of final fees in guilty pleas)( 5) substitute the following—

Table of final fees in cracked trials

Class of Offence

PPE Range

Initial Fee(£)

Incremental fee per page of prosecution evidence(£)

A

0–79

904.58

0

A

80–249

904.58

10.70

A

250–999

2,722.89

6.71

A

1000–2799

7,757.90

3.92

A

2800–4599

14,820.75

3.92

A

4600–5999

21,883.61

3.11

A

6000

26,237.61

0

B

0–69

709.15

0

B

70–249

709.15

7.83

B

250–999

2,117.67

3.66

B

1000–2799

4,864.56

2.44

B

2800–4599

9,255.51

2.44

B

4600–5999

13,646.46

2.05

B

6000

16,516.46

0

C

0–39

524.84

0

C

40–249

524.84

3.92

C

250–999

1,348.77

2.25

C

1000–2799

3,033.06

1.43

C

2800–4599

5,607.48

1.43

C

4600–5999

8,181.89

1.43

C

6000

10,183.89

0

D

0–79

859.35

0

D

80–249

859.35

10.14

D

250–999

2,582.50

6.11

D

1000–2799

7,163.76

3.61

D

2800–4599

13,655.74

3.61

D

4600–5999

20,147.71

2.96

D

6000

24,291.71

0

E

0–39

233.03

0

E

40–249

233.03

4.60

E

250–999

1,199.43

1.46

E

1000–2799

2,291.54

0.61

E

2800–4599

3,390.26

0.61

E

4600–5999

4,488.97

0.61

E

6000

5,342.97

0

F

0–49

224.22

0

F

50–249

224.22

4.42

F

250–999

1,107.53

1.79

F

1000–2799

2,450.39

0.70

F

2800–4599

3,704.67

0.70

F

4600–5999

4,958.94

0.70

F

6000

5,938.94

0

G

0–49

224.22

0

G

50–249

224.22

4.42

G

250–999

1,107.53

1.79

G

1000–2799

2,450.39

0.70

G

2800–4599

3,704.67

0.70

G

4600–5999

4,958.94

0.70

G

6000

5,938.94

0

H

0–39

237.00

0

H

40–249

237.00

4.26

H

250–999

1,131.61

1.56

H

1000–2799

2,298.20

0.70

H

2800–4599

3,550.79

0.70

H

4600–5999

4,803.37

0.70

H

6000

5,783.37

0

I

0–39

253.68

0

I

40–249

253.68

5.92

I

250–999

1,496.80

2.31

I

1000–2799

3,231.91

0.90

I

2800–4599

4,847.36

0.90

I

4600–5999

6,462.79

0.90

I

6000

7,722.79

0

J

0–79

904.58

0

J

80–249

904.58

10.70

J

250–999

2,722.89

6.71

J

1000–2799

7,757.90

3.92

J

2800–4599

14,820.75

3.92

J

4600–5999

21,883.61

3.11

J

6000

26,237.61

0

K

0–119

773.86

0

K

120–249

773.86

6.55

K

250–999

1,624.85

5.02

K

1000–2799

5,388.98

4.39

K

2800–4599

13,299.04

4.39

K

4600–5999

21,209.12

3.75

K

6000

26,459.12

0

Table of final fees in guilty pleas

Class of Offence

PPE Range

Initial Fee(£)

Incremental fee per page of prosecution evidence(£)

A

0–79

680.39

0

A

80–399

680.39

5.62

A

400–999

2,478.29

2.96

A

1000–2799

4,256.09

1.89

A

2800–4599

7,666.89

1.89

A

4600–5999

11,077.68

1.12

A

6000

12,645.68

0

B

0–69

556.11

0

B

70–399

556.11

4.52

B

400–999

2,046.59

2.28

B

1000–2799

3,411.75

1.45

B

2800–4599

6,025.92

1.45

B

4600–5999

8,640.11

1.06

B

6000

10,124.11

0

C

0–39

442.91

0

C

40–399

442.91

2.66

C

400–999

1,401.88

1.46

C

1000–2799

2,276.27

0.79

C

2800–4599

3,699.93

0.79

C

4600–5999

5,123.61

0.79

C

6000

6,229.61

0

D

0–79

646.36

0

D

80–399

646.36

5.23

D

400–999

2,320.66

2.75

D

1000–2799

3,968.37

1.71

D

2800–4599

7,046.20

1.71

D

4600–5999

10,124.03

1.06

D

6000

11,608.03

0

E

0–39

184.70

0

E

40–399

184.70

2.92

E

400–999

1,237.24

1.25

E

1000–2799

1,989.07

0.46

E

2800–4599

2,819.70

0.46

E

4600–5999

3,650.33

0.46

E

6000

4,294.33

0

F

0–49

195.81

0

F

50–399

195.81

2.83

F

400–999

1,187.73

0.99

F

1000–2799

1,781.21

0.32

F

2800–4599

2,354.07

0.32

F

4600–5999

2,926.93

0.32

F

6000

3,374.93

0

G

0–49

195.81

0

G

50–399

195.81

2.83

G

400–999

1,187.73

0.99

G

1000–2799

1,781.21

0.32

G

2800–4599

2,354.07

0.32

G

4600–5999

2,926.93

0.32

G

6000

3,374.93

0

H

0–39

190.97

0

H

40–399

190.97

2.79

H

400–999

1,196.59

0.99

H

1000–2799

1,790.74

0.32

H

2800–4599

2,359.85

0.32

H

4600–5999

2,928.98

0.32

H

6000

3,376.98

0

I

0–39

174.60

0

I

40–399

174.60

3.12

I

400–999

1,298.52

1.36

I

1000–2799

2,116.29

0.51

I

2800–4599

3,033.02

0.51

I

4600–5999

3,949.75

0.51

I

6000

4,663.75

0

J

0–79

680.39

0

J

80–399

680.39

5.62

J

400–999

2,478.29

2.96

J

1000–2799

4,256.09

1.89

J

2800–4599

7,666.89

1.89

J

4600–5999

11,077.68

1.12

J

6000

12,645.68

0

K

0–119

640.84

0

K

120–399

640.84

5.26

K

400–999

2,113.13

2.93

K

1000–2799

3,869.24

2.73

K

2800–4599

8,775.55

2.73

K

4600–5999

13,681.86

2.08

K

6000

16,593.86

0”.

(4) For the table following paragraph 9(2) (table of final fees in trial)( 6) substitue the follwing—

Table of final fees in trials

Class of Offence

PPE Range

Initial Fee(£)

Incremental fee per page of prosecution evidence(£)

A

0–79

1,467.58

0

A

80–209

1,467.58

16.58

A

210–699

3,622.54

12.66

A

700–1049

9,824.91

10.62

A

1050–1999

13,543.42

9.21

A

2000–3599

22,295.42

8.42

A

3600–5199

35,767.03

8.42

A

5200–5999

49,238.64

8.42

A

6000

55,974.64

0

B

0–69

1,097.66

0

B

70–199

1,097.66

12.81

B

200–499

2,762.60

11.44

B

500–899

6,195.38

9.63

B

900–1299

10,048.21

8.09

B

1300–1999

13,285.03

7.09

B

2000–3299

18,249.51

7.09

B

3300–4999

27,469.24

7.09

B

5000–5999

39,525.82

7.09

B

6000

46,617.93

0

C

0–39

739.59

0

C

40–299

739.59

10.57

C

300–799

3,486.54

9.23

C

800–1249

8,101.74

7.73

C

1250–1999

11,578.09

6.83

C

2000–3199

16,700.93

4.72

C

3200–4559

22,368.79

4.72

C

4560–5919

28,792.38

4.72

C

5920–5999

35,215.96

4.72

C

6000

35,593.56

0

D

0–79

1,394.20

0

D

80–209

1,394.20

15.75

D

210–699

3,441.41

12.03

D

700–1049

9,333.67

10.09

D

1050–1999

12,866.25

8.75

D

2000–3599

21,180.65

8.00

D

3600–5199

33,978.67

8.00

D

5200–5999

46,776.70

8.00

D

6000

53,176.70

0

E

0–39

352.72

0

E

40–69

352.72

9.52

E

70–129

638.20

8.57

E

130–599

1,152.58

8.29

E

600–1349

5,049.74

5.44

E

1350–2999

9,131.96

2.39

E

3000–4749

13,072.77

2.39

E

4750–5999

17,252.41

2.39

E

6000

20,239.91

0

F

0–49

357.60

0

F

50–229

357.60

7.31

F

230–699

1,673.21

6.96

F

700–1399

4,946.64

5.60

F

1400–1949

8,865.80

4.32

F

1950–3549

11,242.37

2.16

F

3550–5149

14,691.41

2.16

F

5150–5999

18,140.45

2.16

F

6000

19,976.45

0

G

0–49

357.60

0

G

50–229

357.60

7.31

G

230–699

1,673.21

6.96

G

700–1399

4,946.64

5.60

G

1400–1949

8,865.80

4.32

G

1950–3549

11,242.37

2.16

G

3550–5149

14,691.41

2.16

G

5150–5999

18,140.45

2.16

G

6000

19,976.45

0

H

0–39

357.75

0

H

40–249

357.75

8.60

H

250–619

2,162.92

7.15

H

620–1299

4,807.79

5.31

H

1300–2999

8,418.74

4.21

H

3000–4999

15,583.59

2.27

H

5000–5999

20,129.84

2.27

H

6000

22,402.90

0

I

0–39

357.44

0

I

40–369

357.44

9.14

I

370–799

3,373.66

9.09

I

800–1299

7,282.43

8.99

I

1300–2699

11,779.02

7.08

I

2700–4199

21,697.63

3.04

I

4200–5359

26,264.52

3.04

I

5360–5999

29,796.25

3.04

I

6000

31,741.85

0

J

0–79

1,467.58

0

J

80–209

1,467.58

16.58

J

210–699

3,622.54

12.66

J

700–1049

9,824.91

10.62

J

1050–1999

13,543.42

9.21

J

2000–3599

22,295.42

8.42

J

3600–5199

35,767.03

8.42

J

5200–5999

49,238.64

8.42

J

6000

55,974.64

0

K

0–119

1,031.82

0

K

120–734

1,031.82

8.66

K

735–1289

6,356.06

8.72

K

1290–2399

11,193.67

8.87

K

2400–4499

21,042.53

8.84

K

4500–5999

39,605.74

8.84

K

6000

52,865.74

0”.

(5) In paragraph 20(1)(b) (fees for special preparation), for “10,000” substitute “6,000”.

Transitional provision

3. The amendments made by these Regulations do not apply to matters in which a determination under section 16 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (representation for criminal proceedings) is made before 1st December 2017.

23rd October 2017

Dominic Raab

Minister of State

Ministry of Justice

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

This instrument amends Schedule 2 to the Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) Regulations 2013 ( S.I. 2013/435) (the “Remuneration Regulations”). The Remuneration Regulations provide for the remuneration of advice, assistance and representation made available under sections 13, 15 and 16 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (c. 10)(“LASPO”). Schedule 2 contains the Litigators' Graduated Fee Scheme, which governs the fees payable to providers of criminal litigation services in the Crown Court that are made available to an individual in criminal proceedings as a result of a determination under section 16 of LASPO that the individual is eligible for legal aid.

Litigators are paid a single fee, known as a graduated fee, for dealing with a criminal legal aid case. This fee is calculated principally by reference to the number of pages served by the prosecution as evidence (Pages of Prosecution Evidence or “PPE”), subject to a cut-off threshold. If the PPE exceeds the threshold, paragraph 20 of Schedule 2 to the Remuneration Regulations provides that a claim may be made for “special preparation”, which is an additional fee based on the time reasonably taken to consider the evidence exceeding the cut-off threshold.

Regulation 2 amends Schedule 2 to the Remuneration Regulations to reduce the cut-off threshold from 10,000 to 6,000 PPE. It also substitutes three tables relating to fees for cracked trials, guilty pleas and trials to reflect the new threshold.

Regulation 3 provides that these Regulations do not apply to services provided as a result of a determination under section 16 of LASPO that was made before these Regulations came into force.

A full impact assessment of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs of business, the voluntary sector and the public sector is available from the Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ and is published with an Explanatory Memorandum alongside the instrument on https://legislation.gov.uk.

(1) Section 42(1) of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (c....

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