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The Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 and shall come into force on 28th June 2004.

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2.  These Regulations shall apply only to fees for work done or outlays incurred on or after 28th June 2004.

Amendment of the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Regulations 1989

3.  The Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Regulations 1989(1) are amended in accordance with the following Regulations.

4.  For regulation 6(3) and (4) substitute–

(3) There shall be allowed to the duty solicitor making, for an accused person in the sheriff court or district court, a preliminary plea to the competency or relevancy of the petition or complaint, or conducting any plea in bar of trial or any mental health proof, or any proof in mitigation or any proof of a victim statement, an additional fee to be calculated on the basis of the fees set out in Schedule 1, the amount of such additional fee to be such sum not exceeding £108.85 as shall form reasonable remuneration having regard to the additional work and time involved.

(4) Where the duty solicitor represents an accused person before a court which has been designated as a youth court, or as a domestic abuse court, by the sheriff principal, the maximum fees prescribed in paragraph (3) shall not apply..

5.  For regulation 7(1) substitute–

(1) Subject to the provisions of regulations 4, 5, 6 and 9, and paragraph (2) of this Regulation, a solicitor shall be allowed such amount of fees as shall be determined to be reasonable remuneration for work actually and reasonably done, and travel and waiting time actually and reasonably undertaken or incurred, due regard being had to economy. The fees allowed shall be calculated in accordance with Schedule 1..

6.  For regulation 9 substitute–

9.(1) Subject to paragraph (2) accounts prepared in respect of fees and outlays allowable to solicitors and fees allowable to counsel shall be submitted to the Board not later than 4 months after the date of conclusion of the proceedings in respect of which that legal aid was granted.

(2) The Board may accept accounts submitted in respect of fees and outlays allowable to solicitors and fees allowable to counsel later than the 4 months referred to in paragraph (1) if it considers that there is a special reason for late submission..

7.  For Schedule 1 substitute the Schedule to these Regulations.

HUGH HENRY

A member of the Scottish Executive

St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh

3rd June 2004

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