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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Section 62 and Schedules 7 and 8: Costs in criminal cases

336.Subsection (1) gives effect to Schedule 7, which amends the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (“POA 1985”) by limiting the costs, including legal costs (that is, lawyers’ fees, charges and disbursements, including expert witness costs) that may be awarded as part of a “defendant’s costs order” (“DCO”). Schedule 7 also amends the Criminal Justice Act 1972, the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (“the 1988 Act”) and the Extradition Act 2003 by limiting the payment of legal costs in certain proceedings.

337.Subsection (2) gives effect to Schedule 8, which amends the Court Martial Appeals Act 1968 by making changes to the costs that may be awarded to successful appellants and others in the Court Martial Appeal Court and on appeal from that Court.

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