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EFIS 47, September 2008 : Legal Aid

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The Legal Services Commission has amended CDS1, CDS2, CDS3, CDS4, CDS7, CDS8, CDS10, CDS12 and CDS13 to include a reference to Employment and Support Allowance, to amend the Equal Opportunities and Disability monitoring sections and to reflect current practice and procedures.

CDS14 and CDS15 have been updated in respect of the Employment and Support Allowance and to amend the Equal Opportunities and Disability monitoring sections. CDS16 and CDS17 have been amended by the Legal Services Commission at the request of the Criminal Defence Service to ensure consistency.

CDS18 is a new form which replaces EC_CLAIM1(CRIME) whilst CDS9 will no longer be required after 1st October. Therefore EC_CLAIM1(CRIME) and CDS9 need to be removed from your system(s).

A field has been inserted on CLSAPP1, CLSAPP3, CLSAPP5 and CLSAPP11 whilst an inactive field for use by the Legal Services Commission has been inserted under the title of CLSCLAIM1, CLSCLAIM2 and CLSCLAIM5. A reference to hardship has been deleted from CLSCLAIM4, CLSCLAIM4A and CLSCLAIM4A(NOTES).

CLSMEANS1, CLSMEANS1GUIDE, CLSMEANS2, CLSMEANS7 and CLSCK3 have been updated to include Employment and Support Allowance and to amend outdated references to agencies.

Controlled Work forms CWORK1, CWORK1_2MH, CWORK2(IM) have been updated to include Employment and Support Allowance and to amend the Equal Opportunities and Disability Monitoring Sections. Controlled Work forms CWORK3A, CWORK3B, CWORK3C and CWORK4 have been amended to improve processing. EC_CLAIM1(CIVIL) has been updated to include advocacy and LF1 to include warrant and hardship payments.

The LSC has also made an amendment to LSCFR1 to remove all references to civil files which are no longer valid.

Legal aid practitioners are advised that the use of CDS14, CDS15, CDS16 and CDS17 does not become mandatory until 5th January 2009. However, where an applicant receives Income Based Employment and Support Allowance from 27th October and the case will be heard in the Crown Court, the amended version of CDS14 should be used from 27th October.

All these other amended forms must be used on or after 1st October. However, old versions of these forms which are signed and dated on or before 30th September will still be accepted by the Legal Services Commission until 31st October after which date the old forms will be rejected.

If you are not using Active Library, you will need to manually delete some forms. For deletion instructions, click here

Forms affected

EC_CLAIM1(CRIME) Exceptional Case Claim Form - Crime Withdrawn
CDS9 Police Station Standby Report Withdrawn
CDS12 Duty Solicitor application form (Criminal Defence Service) New/Amended
CDS13 Application form for contribution towards fees for accreditation for duty solicitor or accredited Representative New/Amended
CWORK2(IM) Controlled Legal Representation (Immigration) New/Amended
CLSCM1(EXTRAPG4) CLSCLAIM1 with 10 additional page 4s New/Amended
CDS14 Application for Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings New/Amended
CDS15 Financial Statement for Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings New/Amended
CWORK1 Legal Help, Help at Court and Family Help (Lower) New/Amended
CDS16 Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings: Application for Review on the Grounds of Hardship New/Amended
CDS17 Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings: Statement of Truth New/Amended
CLSCLAIM4A Claim for Payment on Account in Fixed Fee (Public) Law Scheme New/Amended
CWORK3A(IM) Application for Extension of Upper Costs Limit - Controlled Work (Immigration) New/Amended
CWORK3B(IM) Application for Extension of Upper Costs Limit - Controlled Work (Immigration) New/Amended
CWORK4 Application for Review of Refusal or Withdrawal of Controlled Legal Representation New/Amended
CWORK3C(IM) Graduated Fee Scheme - Application for Extension of Disbursement Limit - Controlled Work (Immigration) New/Amended
CLSCLAIM4A(NOTES) A guide to the completion of CLS CLAIM 4A New/Amended
CLSAPP1 Application for CLS Funding certificate Legal Representation: Non-Family Proceedings New/Amended
CWORK1_2_MH Legal Help and Controlled Legal Representation - Mental Health New/Amended
CLSAPP3 Application for Funding in Family Proceedings (Family Help (Higher) and Legal Representation in Family Proceedings) New/Amended
LF1 Litigation Fee claim New/Amended
CDS1 Client's details form New/Amended
EC_CLAIM1(CIVIL) Exceptional Case Claim Form - Civil New/Amended
CLSAPP5 Application for CLS funding certificate New/Amended
CDS18 Exceptional Case Claim Form - Crime New/Amended
CLSAPP11 Application for discharge New/Amended
CLSMEANS1 Financial Assessment Form New/Amended
CLSCK3 Financial Assessment Forms Checklist New/Amended
CDS2 Application for Advice and Assistance New/Amended
CDS3 Application for Advocacy Assistance/Representation New/Amended
CLSMEANS2 Means assessment form New/Amended
CLSMEANS1 GUIDE Guide for completing form CLSMEANS1 New/Amended
CDS4 Application for Prior Authority to Incur Disbursements in Criminal Cases New/Amended
CDS7 Non-standard fee contract work assessment form New/Amended
CDS8 Assigned Counsel's fee note in criminal cases New/Amended
CDS10 Application for review of refusal or withdrawl of Advocay Assistance or representation New/Amended
CLSCLAIM5 Claim for Family Graduated Fee (Counsel) New/Amended
LSCFR1 File Review Report and Claim Form New/Amended
CLSMEANS7 Means Assessment for Family Mediation New/Amended
CLSCLAIM4 Claim for payment on account in civil cases New/Amended
CLSCLAIM2 Report in civil cases - costs met in part or in full by other party New/Amended
CLSCLAIM1 Claim for assessment of costs or payment of costs following detailed assessment in civil cases New/Amended

Crown copyright forms are reproduced with the permission of the Controller of the Stationery Office. Law Society forms are reproduced with the permission of the Law Society. Legal Aid Forms are produced with the permission of the LSC.