30 August 2012
There has been a change to the process for updating Representation Orders where new offences are added to existing proceedings
Whether or not the Representation Order needs to be amended depends on whether the trial is being heard in the magistrates' court or the Crown Court.
If an offence is added to an Indictment and is due to be heard together with an existing case in the Crown Court (and billed on the same LF1) there is no requirement to apply for the existing Representation Order to be amended to include the additional offence, irrespective of the classification of the new offence.
For cases heard in the magistrates' court an application to amend the existing Representation Order will continue to be required.
This is because the offences listed on the Representation Order are used by the Legal Services Commission to validate claims for payment.
All applications to amend a Representation Order should be made to the magistrates' court that issued the original Order. This can be done verbally or in writing.
This change has been communicated to the magistrates' courts and the Criminal Legal Aid Manual will be updated to reflect the change in process when it is next reviewed.
Litigator Fee Team for Crown Court billing
Tel: 0115 908 4383 (Line open 10am to 12 noon and 3pm to 5pm)
Magistrates Billing Team
Tel: 0115 908 4375 (Line open 10am to 12 noon and 3pm to 5pm)