Legal Aid Agency - CCMS, Special Children Act and standard cost limits

14 Sep 2016 05:34 PM

Changes made to applications under the Special Children Act and standard cost limits to improve processes in CCMS.

We’re making changes in the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) which should improve your experience of the system when making applications.

The improvements mean introducing:

  • additional questions in Special Children Act applications
  • changes to standard cost limitations in various cases

Special Children Act applications

New questions have been added to the merits assessment stage of the application process. The idea is to prevent premature applications where Special Children Act proceedings have not been issued.

This should help users when linking applications and certificates. These are the new questions:

  • Have the Special Children Act proceedings been issued?
  • Are you representing any other family members in this case?
  • Does your client have any other Special Children Act certificate(s) capable of amendment?
  • Have you considered specific Special Children Act guidance and guidance on linking cases?

The following question has been removed from the merits section but only In Special Children Act cases:

  • Are the proceedings, for which funding is being sought, currently before the Court?

Standard cost limit changes

Changes have been introduced to standard cost limitations in various cases to help reduce the number of amendment requests providers need to submit.

You will also benefit from:

  • being able to work on cases for longer before an increase is needed/required?
  • less LAA involvement during the lifetime of the case The areas of law affected and the new standard cost limitation are:
Change Current default New default limit
Actions against the Police certificates: Full representation - £2250 Full representation £6,000
Community Care: Full representation - £2250 Full representation £3,500
Immigration and Asylum: Full representation - £2250 Full representation £4,500
Mental Health: Full representation - £2250 Full representation £5,000
Special Children Act: Approx. 25-30 different proceedings at £5,000 All proceedings to £9,000

This change will affect only the cases listed above (s) and apply to substantive applications only – excluding Judicial Review proceeding.

There are no changes to certificates for emergency delegated functions certificates – the standard £1,350 will still apply.

All certificates with limitations currently set over those new standard limits will remain at their higher cost limitation.