National taxing team

Assessment of discretionary costs claims in the criminal courts 

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The NTT determines discretionary claims for costs in the criminal courts:

  • Orders for costs out of central funds to acquitted defendants, private prosecutors, and court appointees in the Crown Court and Magistrates Court
  • Discretionary claims for costs under a Representation Order i.e. litigators’ claims for confiscation proceedings, and advocates’ claims for committals for sentence and appeals to the Crown Court, and breaches of Crown Court orders
  • Discretionary claims under the advocates graduated fee scheme i.e.  claims for special and wasted preparation, and fees relating to confiscation proceedings

We aim to make our services available to all sections of the community. If you have any particular special needs in relation to any of these matters or any suggestions as to how we could improve this site or any other information given please contact the Customer Service Manager.

Defendants Costs Orders in proceedings commenced on or after 1st October 2012

The provisions of section 62 and Schedule 7 of The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 are brought into effect on 1st October 2012.

These provisions relate to the capping of costs allowed effectively to legal aid rates in proceedings commenced on or after 1st October 2012. Full details and guidance appear on the Litigators page

Guidance documents

Advocates' graduated fees scheme guidance

At the National Taxing Team we are committed to providing an excellent service for our customers. We aim to process claims as efficiently as possible and deal with enquiries promptly.

Our focus will be to improve service to our customers and to provide support to partners within the courts The NTT Consistency Group holds regular meetings to ensure that a consistent approach is maintained in our handling of your claims.

National taxing team contacts

Manchester and Birmingham Courts and determining officers contact (EXCEL)



For general customer service related issues please contact the NTT Customer Service Manager: Caroline Grisely  Mobile: 07500 814088

HM Courts & Tribunals Service


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