The legal aid landscape is complex, with statute, regulations, costs decisions and guidance spread over dozens of documents. Over the years the original legal aid scheme has become disjointed and in... More > many respects unclear. In April 2013 the legal aid scheme changed once again when LASPO 2012 was implemented, requiring practitioners to navigate a number of new regulations and contract amendments.
This book is the first comprehensive guide to criminal costs, covering both legal aid and private costs recovery, from investigation through to appeal. The April 2013 legal aid regulations and key costs reports are covered in detail. The emphasis throughout is on maximising your legal aid claims and providing answers to the not so obvious queries that arise in practice when you least expect them. The book covers all criminal legal aid schemes for both solicitors and barristers. Updates during the life of this edition are available on the CrimeLine website.< Less