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EFIS 40, May 2011 : Legal Aid

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Following last year’s judicial review of the Legal Services Commission’s tendering process for the award of legal aid contracts, the introduction of the Family Graduated Scheme was delayed.

After conducting a consultation exercise on amendments to the Funding Order that would introduce amended fees, the Legal Services Commission has amended the forms listed for use on or after 9th May.

Legal aid practitioners should also be aware that the Legal Services Commission has abolished CDS6, CMSF, CMRF(FH), CMRF(IMM), CMRF(MH), CMRF(TFF) and the MAG(NOTES) forms. These forms will automatically be removed from your library.

The Legal Services Commission now requires this information to be submitted via its bulkhead spreadsheet. For further details, please visit:
http://www.legalservices.gov.uk/lsconline/using_bulkload_spreadsheet.asp#How_to_download_a_copy_of_the_bulkload_spreadsheet

Finally LF1 has received a minor macro amendment and is available for your immediate use.

Forms affected

CMRF(MH) Mental Health Consolidated Matter Report Form Withdrawn
CMRF(IMM) Immigration Consolidated Matter Report Form Withdrawn
CMRF(FH) Family Help Consolidated Matter Report Form Withdrawn
CMSF Controlled Matter of Start Form Withdrawn
CMRF(TFF) Tailored Fixed Fee Consolidated Matter Report Form Withdrawn
MAG(NOTES) Magistrates Court Means Forms Guidance Withdrawn
CDS6 Contract Work Report Form Withdrawn
CLSCLAIM1A Claim for costs in fixed fee family cases New/Amended
CWORK1PL Family Help (Lower) Public Law New/Amended
CLSCLAIM1A(NOTES) Guide to the completion of the CLS Claim 1A New/Amended
CLSAPP3 Application for funding in Family Proceedings New/Amended
LF1 Litigation Fee claim - this form should be completed for all litigator fee claims. New/Amended
CLSAPP5 Application for funding in special children act proceedings New/Amended
CLSCLAIM5A(G) Guidance to the completion of the CLS Claim 5A New/Amended
CLSCLAIM5A Claim for Family Advocacy Scheme (Counsel) New/Amended
CLSCLAIM2 Report in civil cases - costs met in part or in full by other party New/Amended
CLSCLAIM1 Claim for assessment of costs or payment of costs following detailed assessment in civil cases 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.