Changes to the way you estimate costs for work in magistrates? courts
Private rates will now be considered against historic DCA rates when we process an application for review on the grounds of hardship.
When quoting costs of work in the magistrates? court on the CRM16 form for a review on the grounds of hardship you should now enter your private rates.
This is instead of using legal aid rates when completing question 9 on the form.
As the applicable DCA rate differs depending on the grade of the solicitor you will also need to state the grade of the fee earner in your explanation of costs.
In addition, if the rate you are declaring is significantly higher than the corresponding DCA rate please tell us why the case justifies such a high rate.
You must continue to stipulate how much time is to be spent on:
Please see below for a link to the DCA rates and areas from 2010.
For assistance in making an application you can contact the National Courts Teams ? see below.
Justice website: LAA > Criminal Forms > Applications
Telephone: 0115 908 4244
Telephone: 0151 242 5203