A number of changes are to be made to the litigator fees from 3rd August 2009. The changes will only apply to cases which have a representation order dated post 3rd August 2009. The changes are detailed in the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment
A number of changes are to be made to the litigator fees from 3rd August 2009. The changes will only apply to cases which have a representation order dated post 3rd August 2009. The changes are detailed in the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment) Order 2009.
The review only concerns the level of the fixed fees under the litigator fee scheme. A full review of the graduated element of the scheme began in February 2009, but it was agreed that the data should be revisited in March 2010 when there is a larger sample of longer cases.
New fixed fees
A new fixed fee of £170.21 has been introduced for the following hearings:
- Section 1CA of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (variation and discharge of a Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order made on conviction).
- Section 155 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 200 (alteration of Crown Court sentence).
- Section 74 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (assistance by defendant: review of sentence).
Revised fixed fees
Increases have been made to the following fixed fees:
- Appeal against sentence. Increase from £127.66 to £170.21.
- Appeal against conviction. Increase from £340.43 to £382.98.
- Committal for sentence. Increase from £212.77 to £255.32.
- The fixed fee of £85.11 for breach of a Crown Court Order can now be claimed by both new and original litigators.
Pages of Prosecution Evidence
PPE is to be capped at 10,000. A claim for special preparation can be made for cases where PPE is over this figure. Claims for special preparation need to be sent to the Litigator Fee Team who will consider whether it is reasonable to make a payment in excess of the fixed fee.
Further amendments relating to the transfer of files, VHCC cases and provisional representation orders are also covered in The Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment) Order 2009.
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