Funding and costs assessment
On these pages you can find information on costs assessment, general billing guidance and the Funding Code.
You can find more specific guidance, and information on fee schemes under civil or crime areas of work.
Narrative and guidance: legal aid
The 'Narrative and guidance: legal aid’ document contains an explanation of certain aspects of legal aid. Topics covered include:
- prior authorities (including authorities for counsel and experts in Children Act cases)
- funding for cases outside England and Wales
The Legal Aid Agency is producing a revised version of its ‘Paying for your Civil Legal Aid’ leaflet which legal aid providers should give to all clients applying for civil legal aid.
In the interim, legal aid providers should print out the paying for your civil legal document below for clients with civil legal problems.
Costs assessment guidance
The costs assessment guidance applies to work governed by both the 2010 Standard Civil Contract and the 2013 Standard Civil Contract.
There are separate versions for each contract. Tracked changed versions showing the amendments between Version 3 and the latest versions of the Costs Assessment Guidance are also provided below.
Costs assessment guidance - For use with 2013 Standard Contract.
Costs assessment guidance - tracked changes - For use with 2013 Standard Contract.
Costs assessment guidance - For use with 2010 Standard Contract.
Costs assessment guidance - tracked changes - For use with 2010 Standard Contract.
Statutory Charge guidance
The statutory charge manual is designed for caseworkers making statutory charge decisions.
Statutory Charge Manual (PDF)
The electronic handbook is a supplemental resource designed for caseworkers which reflects current processes and guidance.
Electronic Handbook (PDF)
Criminal Bills Assessment Manual
This manual sets out our approach to costs assessment where work is undertaken in the magistrates' court under a representation order. The guidance is applied when assessing non standard fee claims and for costs compliance audits on fee claims.