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  1. Introductory TextNext Match

  2. Part I PreliminaryPrevious MatchNext Match

    1. 1. Purpose of this Act.

    2. 2. Interpretation.

  3. Part II Legal Aid Board and Legal Aid

    1. 3. The Legal Aid Board.

    2. 4. Powers of the Board.

    3. 5. Duties of the Board.

    4. 6. Board to have separate legal aid fund.

    5. 7. Accounts and audit.

  4. Part III Advice and AssistancePrevious MatchNext Match

    1. 8. Scope of this Part.

    2. 9. Availability of, and payment for, advice and assistance.

    3. 10. Financial limit on prospective cost of advice or assistance.

    4. 11. Payment for advice or assistance otherwise than through legally assisted person’s contribution.

    5. 12. Limit on costs against person receiving assistance by way of representation.Previous MatchNext Match

    6. 13. Costs of successful unassisted parties.

  5. Part IIIA Mediation

    1. 13A. Scope of this Part.

    2. 13B.Provision and availability of mediation.

    3. 13C.Payment for mediation under this Part.

  6. Part IV Civil Legal AidPrevious MatchNext Match

    1. 14. Scope of this Part.

    2. 15. Availability of, and payment for, representation under this Part.

    3. 16. Reimbursement of Board by contributions and out of costs or property recovered.

    4. 17. Limit on costs against assisted party.Previous MatchNext Match

    5. 18. Costs of successful unassisted parties.

  7. Part V Criminal Legal Aid

    1. 19. Scope of this Part.

    2. 20. Competent authorities to grant representation under this Part.

    3. 21. Availability of representation under this Part.

    4. 22. Criteria for grant of representation for trial proceedings.

    5. 23. Reimbursement of public funds by contributions.

    6. 24. Contribution orders: supplementary.

    7. 25. Payment of costs of representation under this Part.

    8. 26. Payment for advice or assistance where representation under this Part is subsequently granted.

  8. Part VI Legal Aid in Special Cases

    1. Care proceedings

      1. 27. Representation in care proceedings: scope and competent authorities.

      2. 28. Care proceedings: availability.

    2. Contempt proceedings

      1. 29. Representation in contempt proceedings.

    3. Supplementary

      1. 30. Supplementary.

  9. Part VII General and Supplementary

    1. 31. Act not generally to affect position of legal representatives or other parties.

    2. 32. Selection and assignment of legal representatives.

    3. 33. Legal aid complaints against barristers and their exclusion from legal aid work.

    4. 34. Regulations.

    5. 35. Advisory Committee.

    6. 36. Orders and regulations: general.

    7. 37. Laying of Board’s annual reports before Parliament.

    8. 38. Restriction of disclosure of information.

    9. 39. Proceedings for misrepresentation etc.

    10. 40. Adaptation of rights of indemnity in cases of advice, assistance or representation in civil proceedings.

    11. 41. Application to Crown.

    12. 42. Finance.

    13. 43. Definitions.

  10. Part VIII MiscellaneousPrevious MatchNext Match

    1. Scottish provisionsPrevious MatchNext Match

      1. 44. Scottish provisions.Previous MatchNext Match

    2. Supplementary

      1. 45. Amendments, repeals and transitional provisions.

      2. 46. Amendments of Legal Aid Act 1974 pending repeal.

      3. 47. Short title, commencement and extent.

  11. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      1. Incorporation and Status

        1. 1.The Board shall be a body corporate.

        2. 2.The Board shall not be regarded as the servant or...

      2. Tenure of Members

        1. 3.Subject to paragraphs 4 and 5 any member of the...

        2. 4.(1) The chairman or a member may resign office by...

        3. 5.The Lord Chancellor may terminate the appointment of a member...

      3. Members’ interests

        1. 6.(1) Before appointing a person to be a member of...

        2. 7.(1) A member of the Board who is in any...

      4. Remuneration of members

        1. 8.(1) The Board may— (a) pay to its members such...

      5. Staff

        1. 9.(1) The Board shall appoint a person to be the...

        2. 10.(1) The Board shall make, in respect of such of...

      6. Proceedings

        1. 11.(1) Subject to anything in regulations, the Board may regulate...

      7. Instruments

        1. 12.(1) The fixing of the seal of the Board shall...

      8. Allowances

        1. 13.The Board may pay to the members of any committee...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      1. Part I Description of Proceedings

        1. 1.Proceedings in, or before any person to whom a case...

        2. 2.The following proceedings in a magistrates’ court, namely—

        3. 3.Proceedings in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

        4. 4.Proceedings in the Lands Tribunal.

        5. 5.Proceedings before a Commons Commissioner appointed under section 17(1) of...

        6. 6.Proceedings in the Restrictive Practices Court under Part III of...

      2. Part II Excepted proceedings

        1. 1.Proceedings wholly or partly in respect of defamation, but so...

        2. 2.Relator actions.

        3. 3.Proceedings for the recovery of a penalty where the proceedings...

        4. 4.Election petitions under the Representation of the People Act 1983....

        5. 5.In a county court, proceedings for or consequent on the...

        6. 5A.Proceedings for a decree of divorce or judicial separation unless...

        7. 5B.Proceedings to the extent that they consist in, or arise...

        8. 6.Proceedings incidental to any proceedings excepted by this Part of...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      1. Part I Orders made by a court

        1. Collecting court

          1. 1.In this Part “collecting court ”, in relation to a...

        2. Enforcement proceedings

          1. 2.(1) Any sum required to be paid by a contribution...

          2. 3.(1) Without prejudice to paragraph 2, any sum required to...

          3. 4.(1) Any expenses incurred by the clerk of a magistrates’...

        3. Transfer of enforcement proceedings to different court

          1. 5.(1) Where in relation to any contribution order it appears...

        4. Limitations on enforcement by proceedings

          1. 6.Any sum due under a contribution order shall not be...

          2. 7.Where a contribution order has been made in respect of...

        5. Power to defer enforcement proceedings

          1. 8.The collecting court may defer recovering any sum due under...

        6. Interpretation

          1. 9.In this Part— (a) “relevant grant of representation ”, in...

      2. Part II Orders made by the Board

        1. Limitations on enforcement by proceedings

          1. 10.(1) Any sum due under a contribution order shall not...

          2. 11.Where a contribution order has been made in respect of...

    4. SCHEDULE 4Previous MatchNext Match

      Amendments of Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 (c. 47)Previous MatchNext Match

      1. Part I Direct payment of fees and outlays by legally assisted personPrevious MatchNext Match

        1. 1.In section 4(2) (payments out of the Scottish Legal Aid...Previous MatchNext Match

        2. 2.In section 16— (a) subsection (1) is repealed; Previous MatchNext Match

        3. 3.In section 17 (contributions, etc.)— (a) in subsection (1), for...Previous MatchNext Match

        4. 4.In section 32 (a) (restriction on payment etc.), the words...Previous MatchNext Match

        5. 5.In section 33 (fees and outlays of solicitors and counsel)...Previous MatchNext Match

        6. 6.In section 36(2) (regulations), in paragraph (b) at end add—...Previous MatchNext Match

      2. Part II Liability of legally assisted person for expenses to be assessed in all casesPrevious MatchNext Match

        1. 7.In section 18 (expenses)— (a) subsection (1) is repealed; Previous MatchNext Match

        2. 8.In section 19(1) (expenses out of the Fund), for the...Previous MatchNext Match

        3. 9.In section 20(1) (supplementary), for the words “sections 18 and...Previous MatchNext Match

      3. Part III Board’s property to be rateablePrevious MatchNext Match

        1. 10.In Schedule 1, paragraph 2(4) is repealed. Previous MatchNext Match

    5. SCHEDULE 5Previous MatchNext Match

      Minor and Consequential AmendmentsPrevious MatchNext Match

      1. Public Records Act 1958 (c. 51)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 1.In Schedule 1 to the Public Records Act 1958 (definition...Previous MatchNext Match

      2. Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (c. 13)Previous MatchNext Match

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      3. Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 (c. 32)Previous MatchNext Match

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      4. House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (c. 24)Previous MatchNext Match

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      5. Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975 (c. 25)Previous MatchNext Match

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      6. Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (c. 65)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 6.In section 75(4) of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975— Previous MatchNext Match

      7. Race Relations Act 1976 (c. 74)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 7.In section 66(6) of the Race Relations Act 1976— Previous MatchNext Match

      8. Child Care Act 1980 (c. 5)Previous MatchNext Match

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      9. Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 (c. 43)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 9.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Previous MatchNext Match

      10. Senior Courts Act 1981(c. 54)Previous MatchNext Match

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      11. Telecommunications Act 1984 (c. 12)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 11.In section 52 of the Telecommunications Act 1984, the following...Previous MatchNext Match

      12. Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (c. 23)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 12.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Previous MatchNext Match

        2. 13.In section 20(2) of that Act, for the words “out...Previous MatchNext Match

        3. 14.In section 21(1) of that Act, for the definition of...Previous MatchNext Match

        4. 15.In section 21 of that Act, after subsection (4), there...Previous MatchNext Match

      13. Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985 (c. 60)Previous MatchNext Match

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      14. Administration of Justice Act 1985 (c. 61)Previous MatchNext Match

        1. 17.In section 40 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985...Previous MatchNext Match

        2. 18.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Previous MatchNext Match

        3. 19.In section 44 of that Act— (a) in subsection (3),...Previous MatchNext Match

      15. Housing Act 1985 (c. 68)Previous MatchNext Match

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      16. Family Law Act 1986 (c. 55)Previous MatchNext Match

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      17. Criminal Justice Act 1987 (c. 38)Previous MatchNext Match

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    6. SCHEDULE 6Previous MatchNext Match

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      1. Preliminary

        1. 1.In this Schedule— “the 1974 Act ” means the Legal...

      2. The Legal Aid Fund

        1. 2.(1) On the appointed day the legal aid fund (“the...

      3. Rights, obligations and property

        1. 3.(1) Subject to paragraph 2, on the appointed day all...

      4. Transfer of functions

        1. 4.(1) Any grant of legal aid under Part I of...

      5. Legal aid contribution orders

        1. 5.Notwithstanding their repeal by this Act, the provisions of the...

      6. The Board: transfers of employment

        1. 6.(1) The Board shall make, not later than such date...

        2. 7.(1) Where a person becomes an employee of the Board...

        3. 8.(1) Any dispute as to whether an offer purporting to...

        4. 9.(1) In the event of the Board assuming under section...

      7. Pensions

        1. 10.Any arrangements made by the Law Society under section 19...

      8. Representation in affiliation proceedings: transitory provision

        1. 11.Until the repeal of the Affiliation Proceedings Act 1957 by...

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      1. Preliminary

        1. 1.In this Schedule “the 1974 Act ” means the Legal...

      2. Regulation of charges on property

        1. 2.In section 20(2)(e) of the 1974 Act (regulation of charge...

      3. Remuneration

        1. 3.In section 39 of the 1974 Act, for subsection (3)...

        2. 4.(1) In Schedule 2 to the 1974 Act (remuneration in...

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