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The Legal Aid for Youth Conferences (Costs) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2003

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Standard fees

2.—(1) The classes of work for which standard fees shall be payable are those specified in sub-paragraph (2).

(2) The classes of work specified for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) are –

(a)all preparation work (since the date of grant of the criminal aid certificate under Article 28A of the Order) and attendance at a diversionary youth conference;

(b)attendance at a court-ordered youth conference;

(c)travelling.

(3) The standard fees payable under this Schedule are the fees specified in the Tables below.

TABLES
Diversionary Youth Conferences (Preparation and Attendance)
Lower standard fee — Conferences lasting up to and including one hourPrincipal standard fee — Conferences lasting more than one hour but not exceeding two hoursConferences lasting in excess of two hours
Standard fee£84£135£135 + £29·25 per hour for additional hours attended
Court-ordered Youth Conferences (Attendance only)
Lower standard fee — Conferences lasting up to and including one hourPrincipal standard fee — Conferences lasting more than one hour but not exceeding two hoursConferences lasting in excess of two hours
Standard fee£70£112·50£112·50 + £29.25 per hour for additional hours attended

(4) Subject to sub-paragraph (5), fees for attendance at a youth conference shall be paid as specified in the above Tables in respect of the period of time beginning 15 minutes before the case was listed for the first occasion and ending-

(a)where the client was present at the youth conference, 15 minutes after the conference finally ended, or

(b)where the client failed to attend, when the meeting ended on that day,

and, save in exceptional circumstances, shall not be payable during any luncheon adjournment.

(5) Where counsel acts for more than one child, the Commission shall allow whichever of the appropriate standard fees is the greater and increase that fee by 20% for each additional child, but no percentage increase shall be made to the standard fee for travelling.

(6) Where counsel acts for a child in respect of more than one proceeding which is dealt with by way of a youth conference, the Commission shall allow whichever of the appropriate standard fees is the greater and increase that fee by 20% for each additional proceeding as the case may be.

(7) Where counsel is instructed to attend at a youth conference centre which is more than 20 miles from the Head Post Office, Belfast, the Commission shall allow travelling time at a rate of £12 per hour and it may allow an amount in respect of counsel’s attendance at that centre to cover any travelling expenses actually and reasonably incurred and necessarily and exclusively attributable to counsel’s attendance at that centre.

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