Legal Aid

Duty Solicitor Call Centre and CDS Direct

PUBLISHED February 12, 2007

The LSC confirmed on 12 February 2007 that we will consult on the expansion of the Duty Solicitor Call Centre (DSCC) and Criminal Defence Service Direct (CDS Direct) in March 2007.

This consultation will set out the principles behind expansion and provide an overview of how the new system would operate.

Consultation timetable

Date Event
March 2007 Publish consultation document
April 2007 Consultation period ends
May 2007 Consultation outcome published
October 2007 Expanded service potentially implemented

CDS Direct tendering exercise

While the consultation is running we intend to continue with some stages of the CDS Direct tendering process. The key dates are in the table below.

Date Event
1 February 2007 Invitation to submit and Expression of Interest published
9 March 2007 Closing date for submitting Expressions of Interest
April 2007 Short listing of applications completed and Invitations to Tenders published
May 2007 Contracts with successful bidders signed