Supporting the introduction of the single Family Court – Proposed changes to Family legal aid remuneration schemes

Closed 25 Nov 2013

Opened 28 Oct 2013

Results Updated 31 Jan 2014

The Government consulted on a proposal to change the current family legal aid fee payment schemes in October 2013. These changes are necessary to ensure an effective mechanism is in place that enables payment to be made for the provision of family legal aid services when the new family court comes into effect later this year.

This document reflects the responses that we have received to the consultation and describes how the Government intends to proceed.

The Government received 12 responses to its consultation, the majority of which were from representative bodies or providers of family legal aid services.

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Overview

This consultation sets out the Government’s proposals for amendments to the current family legal aid remuneration schemes in England and Wales, which are required as a result of the planned introduction of the new single Family Court (FC).

We anticipate that the proposals set out in this consultation would, if implemented as proposed, have no impact on legal aid recipients and no or minimal impact on provider income or the legal aid fund.

Supporting the introduction of the single Family Court – Proposed changes to Family legal aid remuneration schemes - consultation

Views are invited on the questions contained in this tool.

Proposals for reform  

Chapter 3 sets out proposed amendments to the three main family remuneration schemes (Family Legal Aid Scheme Framework (FLASF)).

Payment levels in each of the schemes are currently based on the existing tiers of court which will not be applicable in the new FC. This proposal therefore sets out an alternative basis for payments under the new court structure.
 
Chapter 4 seeks initial views (Court Bundle Payments issue) on potential changes to the current bolt-on fees payable under the Family Advocacy Scheme (FAS) that may be necessary should the anticipated change to the Practice Direction (PD) on court bundle payments be introduced.

Audiences

  • Businesses
  • Legal professionals
  • Prosecutors
  • Legal professional bodies

Interests

  • Courts
  • Law
  • Legal aid
  • Family justice