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Claiming travel under the Litigator Fee scheme - May-24-12
Source: LSC - Criminal Defence Service News
24 May 2012
Guidance on how to claim
Travel rates for travel incurred as part of a claim under the Litigator Graduated Fee Scheme (LGFS) should be claimed for at public transport rates (currently 25p per mile).
This is unless there are specific reasons for each journey made which would justify using private transport.
If you are claiming for private transport rates, you must provide justification for each journey made when you submit your claim.
Further information is available in the LGFS guidance (2.43);
'The standard rate of mileage may only be paid where travel has been authorised and the use of a private motor vehicle was necessary (for example, because no public transport was available), or where a considerable saving of time is made'
Some providers have taken on cases a substantial distance from either the defendant's home address or the court where the case was heard.
In this instance, the LSC has the option to amend the amount of travel allowed.
In accordance with paragraph 16 (1) and (2) of the CDS funding order 2007 'Determination of litigators' disbursements' :
Where the above applies, please provide justification for the travel costs on a covering letter with your LF1 form to prevent claims being returned.
If you have any queries please contact the Litigator Fee Team
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