Legal Aid

How to avoid delays to your payments

PUBLISHED January 6, 2014

Top reject reasons in November 2013

As part of our commitment to improving payment turnaround times, we have monitored reject levels, working closely with advocates and clerks to identify reject trends.  
Reject levels went down from 17.5% to 10% from June to November 2013 but we need your help to reduce this even further in 2014. 

Reject reasons

  1. As an instructed advocate, please provide details of when the effective Plea and Case Management Hearing (PCMH) took place so that we can validate this against court records.  We have produced guidance explaining how we determine claims (link below).
  2. Please ensure that the original Representation Order is provided when submitting the bill.  If there is a change in the client?s legal aid status, we will still need you to provide the original Representation Order.  
The Crown Court can only issue Representation Orders in the following circumstances:  
  • A breach of a Crown Court order where there is no time to instruct a litigator, e.g. when a legal aid application is made on the day of the hearing
  • Execution of a Bench Warrant and any proceedings incidental to this
  • Contempt in the face of the court 
  • Additional counsel (QC and Junior, etc).

 3.   As an instructed advocated, please sign all relevant forms. We can?t accept any form signed by a clerk in chambers.  Please also ensure that all sections of forms are completed.  
 4.   Please ensure that you submit your bill with the correct case type and that the offence class claimed corresponds with the offences listed on the indictment.

More information

If you think we?ve made a mistake, e-mail our priority reject mailbox.
If you do not agree with the claim assessment, please submit an AF2 and appropriate supporting documentation for redetermination in the usual way.