PRACTICE DIRECTION 54C – REFERENCES BY THE LEGAL SERVICES COMMISSION
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References by the Legal Services Commission
This Practice Direction applies where the Legal Services Commission (‘the Commission’) refers to the High Court a question that arises on a review of a decision about an individual’s financial eligibility for a representation order in criminal proceedings under the Criminal Defence Service (Financial Eligibility) Regulations 2006.
A reference of a question by the Legal Services Commission must be made to the Administrative Court.
Part 52 does not apply to a review under this paragraph.
The Commission must –
(a) file at the court –
(i) the individual’s applications for a representation order and for a review, and any supporting documents;
(ii) a copy of the question on which the court’s decision is sought; and
(iii) a statement of the Commission’s observations on the question; and
(b) serve a copy of the question and the statement on the individual.
The individual may file representations on the question at the court within 7 days after service on him of the copy of the question and the statement.
The question will be decided without a hearing unless the court directs otherwise.