Legal Aid

Committal proceedings abolished in some areas

PUBLISHED June 21, 2012

21 June 2012

Guidance issued to help providers claim correct fees

From 18 June 2012 committal proceedings have been abolished in a number of local justice areas:

  • Bath and Wansdyke
  • Berkshire
  • Bristol
  • Liverpool and Knowsley
  • North Avon
  • North Hampshire
  • North Somerset
  • Ormskirk
  • Sefton
  • St Helens
  • Wigan and Leigh
  • Wirral

Cases in these areas are remunerated in the same way as indictable only cases sent to the Crown Court.

We have published guidance to enable providers working in these areas to claim the correct fees.

The guidance can be found on the Litigator graduated fee scheme and Advocates graduated fee scheme pages of the website.

To support the abolition of committal proceedings in these local justice areas, the CDS (Funding) Order 2007 has been amended, following consultation with the representative bodies.

The amended Funding Order has also been published online on the leglislation website.

Further information

LSC website:

Litigator graduated fee scheme

Advocates graduated fee scheme

Legislation website:

Amended CDS (Funding) Order