New payment fees to cover work completed for sending hearings are being introduced on 19 October 2020 which require crime contract changes.
We’ve published draft amendments to the 2017 Standard Crime Contract so that you can see the changes now.
The changes will come into effect for representation orders on or after 19 October 2020.
Why is this happening now?
The new fee payment applies to cases sent to the Crown Court for trial. It is part of the package of accelerated measures under the criminal legal aid review (CLAR).