29 November 2012
How the identity check process works after we receive AF1 forms
We have been asked to clarify when we check the identity of the instructed advocate following submission of an AF1 claim form.
This is the form you use when claiming for Advocates Graduated Fees. It is the new section 8 on the AF1 form that deals with certification of the instructed advocate.
This new section about the instructed advocate needs to be fully completed on the AF1 form and supporting evidence provided where necessary.
Checks during processing
We check this section to validate the identity of the instructed advocate when we process the claim.
There are no checks made immediately on receipt. This is because we need to make these checks with input from our most experienced colleagues.
Need to minimise rejects
We do it this way because we want to make sure that rejects because of an incorrect instructed advocate being identified are kept to a minimum.
Criminal forms: AF1 Claim for Advocate Graduated Fee