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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

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Part 2Appeals from Court Martial Appeal Court

Introduction

9Part 3 of the Court Martial Appeals Act 1968 (appeals from Court Martial Appeal Court) is amended as follows.

Application to Appeal Court

10Before section 47 insert—

46ACosts: application to Appeal Court by Director of Service Prosecutions

(1)Where the Appeal Court dismiss an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court made by the Director of Service Prosecutions, the Appeal Court may direct the payment by the Secretary of State of such sums as appear to them to be reasonably sufficient to compensate the accused for any expenses properly incurred by the accused in resisting the application, subject to—

(a)subsection (2), and

(b)regulations under section 47A(1)(d).

(2)The sums which the Appeal Court may direct the Secretary of State to pay do not include legal costs (as defined in section 31A), except where regulations made by the Lord Chancellor provide otherwise.

(3)Regulations under subsection (2) may, in particular, include—

(a)provision for an exception to arise where a determination has been made by a person specified in the regulations,

(b)provision requiring the Appeal Court, when they direct the payment of a sum that includes a sum in respect of legal costs, to include a statement to that effect in the direction, and

(c)provision that the Appeal Court may not direct the payment of a sum in respect of legal costs exceeding an amount specified in the regulations.

46BCosts: application to Appeal Court by accused

Where the Appeal Court dismiss an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court made by the accused—

(a)the Appeal Court may make the like order as may be made by the Court under section 32(1) of this Act where they dismiss an application for leave to appeal to the Court,

(b)an order made under this section may be enforced in the manner described in section 32(2) of this Act, and

(c)section 32(3) of this Act applies in relation to any sum recovered by virtue of section 32(2)(a) (as applied by this section).

Application to Supreme Court

11(1)Section 47 (costs) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsections (1) and (2) omit “the Appeal Court or” (in each place).

(3)After subsection (2) insert—

(2A)Section 32(3) of this Act applies in relation to any sum recovered by virtue of section 32(2)(a) (as applied by subsection (2)).

(4)In subsection (3), at the end insert subject to—

(a)subsection (3A), and

(b)regulations under section 47A(1)(d).

(5)After subsection (3) insert—

(3A)The costs which the Supreme Court may direct the Secretary of State to pay do not include legal costs (as defined in section 31A) incurred in proceedings in a court below, except where regulations made by the Lord Chancellor provide otherwise.

(3B)Regulations under subsection (3A) may, in particular, include—

(a)provision for an exception to arise where a determination has been made by a person specified in the regulations,

(b)provision requiring the Supreme Court, when they direct the payment of a sum that includes a sum in respect of legal costs, to include a statement to that effect in the direction, and

(c)provision that the Supreme Court may not direct the payment of a sum in respect of legal costs exceeding an amount specified in the regulations.

(6)In subsection (4) for “the foregoing provisions of” substitute “sections 46A, 46B and”.

12Accordingly, in the heading of section 47, at the end insert “: application to Supreme Court”.

Further provision about costs

13After section 47 insert—

47AFurther provision about costs

(1)The Lord Chancellor may by regulations—

(a)make provision as to the sums that may be directed to be paid under section 46A or 47(3), whether by specifying rates or scales or by making other provision as to the calculation of the sums,

(b)make provision as to the circumstances in which and conditions under which such sums may be paid or directed to be paid,

(c)make provision requiring such sums to be fixed having regard to regulations under paragraphs (a) and (b), and

(d)make provision requiring such sums to be calculated in accordance with such regulations (whether or not that results in the fixing of an amount that the court considers reasonably sufficient to compensate the person concerned).

(2)The power under subsection (1)(d) may not be exercised in respect of sums ordered to be paid by the Supreme Court in respect of expenses incurred in proceedings before that court.

(3)Regulations under this section may provide that provision as to the calculation of sums (whether in the form of rates or scales or other provision) may be determined by the Lord Chancellor with the consent of the Treasury.

Regulations

14After section 47A insert—

47BRegulations

(1)Regulations under sections 46A, 47 and 47A may, in particular, make different provision in relation to different cases and different classes of case, including different provision in relation to different expenses, trouble and loss, different directions and orders and different areas.

(2)A power to make regulations under those sections is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(3)A statutory instrument containing regulations under those sections is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament, subject to subsection (4).

(4)A statutory instrument containing (whether alone or with other provision) regulations under section 46A or 47 may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

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