Criminal Legal Aid Manual

If your client is charged, legal aid may pay for some or all of the costs of legal representation in court. Find the specific guidance here.

Applies to England and Wales


Criminal Legal Aid Manual

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Details about criminal legal aid, including eligibility, are in this Criminal Legal Aid Manual.

Published 1 June 2014
Last updated 3024 SeptemberNovember 2022 + show all updates
  1. Manual updated form to reflect the extension of the pilot being run in the Metropolitan Police District on Knife Crime Prevention Orders to 31 March 2023.

  2. Manual updated form to reflect the 2022 Standard Crime Contract.

  3. Manual updated.

  4. Manual updated to reflect the uprating of benefit rates, and to include information on the breathing space scheme.

  5. Manual updated to include electronic signatures, as well as clarification that legal aid terms do not permit third party funding of private legal services such as a QC, further information regarding applications following withdrawal, and a refresh of the prescribed proceedings annex.

  6. Manual updated to include how to get the appropriate representation order to claim the Sending Hearing Fixed Fee – See section 3.4 Dating the Representation Order.

  7. Manual updated to include Stalking Protection Orders as prescribed proceedings.

  8. Manual updated.

  9. Manual updated.

  10. Manual updated.

  11. criminal legal aid manual updated to 2018

  12. Manual updated.

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  14. Manual updated.

  15. Updated 'Criminal Legal Aid manual' added to page.

  16. Updated 'Crime Legal Aid Manual' added to page.

  17. First published.