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EFIS 48, October 2007 : Legal Aid

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Following changes to regulations made under the Criminal Defence Service Act 2006, the Legal Services Commission has amended CDS14, CDS15, CDS16 and CDS17.

In particular, these forms have been amended to reflect changes to youth policy where it has been decided to “passport” all defendants under the age of 18.

The notes on how to complete CDS14, CDS15, CDS16 and CDS17 are now contained on the Magistrates Court Means Forms Guidance MAG(NOTES), instead of appearing at the back of each form.

The revised editions of CDS14, CDS15, CDS16 and CDS17 cannot be used before 1st November but any existing forms which are signed and dated before 1st November can be processed up to and including 30th November.

Finally, we have made minor fields amendments to CDS6, CMSF and all CMRF forms. Please refer to Efis No. 40/2007 for the restrictions regarding the submission of the CMSF and all CMRF forms via the Legal Services Commission’s website.

Forms affected

CDS14 Application for Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings New/Amended
CDS15 Financial Statement for Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings 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
CMRF(MH) Mental Health Consolidated Matter Report Form New/Amended
CMRF(IMM) Immigration Consolidated Matter Report Form New/Amended
CMRF(FH) Family Help Consolidated Matter Report Form New/Amended
CMSF Controlled Matter Start Form New/Amended
CMRF(TFF) Tailored Fixed Fee Consolidated Matter Report Form New/Amended
MAG(NOTES) Magistrates Court Means Forms Guidance New/Amended
CDS6 Contract Work Report Form 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.