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Increases to emergency cost limit for legal aid work

Cost limit increases for emergency civil legal aid certificates take effect from 13 September 2021.

The increases affect full representation and family help (higher).

Emergency civil legal aid certificates will be issued with a revised cost limit of £2,250. Certificates for investigative representations will continue to include a costs limit of £1,350.

Delegated functions to grant emergency certificates are used when there is no time to apply to the LAA and wait for a funding decision.

The new cost limit was suggested by providers in the LAA's process efficiency team (PET). This a small partnership group, which also includes LAA subject matter experts and representative bodies.

The increased limit should better reflect the work completed in emergency cases. It should also reduce the administrative burden on providers.

This change is being introduced manually while a permanent digital solution is worked on.

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