Statutory Instruments

2008 No. 2930

Legal Services Commission, England And Wales

The Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2008


11th November 2008

Laid before Parliament

12th November 2008

Coming into force

13th November 2008

The Lord Chancellor makes this Order in exercise of the powers conferred by section 14(3) of the Access to Justice Act 1999(1).

He has had regard to the matters specified in section 25(3) of that Act and has consulted the General Council of the Bar and the Law Society in accordance with section 25(2) of that Act.

Citation, commencement and application

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2008 and comes into force on 13th November 2008.

(2) This Order applies where work is undertaken on or after 13th November 2008 by an advocate to whom paragraph 25 of Schedule 2 to the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007(2) applies.

Amendments to the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007

2.  The Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007 is amended as follows.

3.  For paragraph 25(3) of Schedule 2 substitute—

(3) Where such a claim is made, the Commission—

(a)must pay the litigator at rates no higher than the rates set out in the tables following this paragraph; and

(b)where it considers that there are exceptional circumstances, may pay the litigator such fees as it considers reasonable and has agreed in advance with the litigator in respect of–

(i)travelling (in excess of four hours in one day);

(ii)accommodation; and

(iii)subsistence, up to a maximum of £20 per day..

4.  For the first two tables following paragraph 25 of Schedule 2 substitute—

Preparation (hourly rates)

Category 1


Category 2


Category 3


Category 4


Leading junior133.00104.5083.5083.50
Led junior95.5076.0065.0065.00
Junior alone104.5085.5074.0074.00
2nd led junior67.0053.0046.0046.00
Leading level A152.50119.0095.5095.50
Led level A133.00104.5083.5083.50
Leading level B133.00104.5083.5083.50
Led level B110.0090.5069.0069.00
Level A alone138.00115.0093.5093.50
Level B alone116.0099.5078.5078.50




Preliminary hearing


Half day


Full day


Leading junior90.50205.25410.50
Led junior61.00132.75265.50
Junior alone70.00150.00300.00
Second led junior35.5067.50135.00

Signed by authority of the Lord Chancellor


Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Ministry of Justice

11th November 2008


(This note is not part of the Order)

This Order amends the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/1174), which provides for the funding and remuneration of services provided under Part 1 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 as part of the Criminal Defence Service. It increases the maximum payments which the Legal Services Commission may make in very high cost criminal cases in which an advocate is instructed who is not a member of a panel for such cases.

A regulatory impact assessment has been prepared for this instrument and is available from Criminal Legal Aid Strategy Division, Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ.


1999 c.22. The powers were conferred on the Lord Chancellor by that Act, transferred to the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs by the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/1887) and transferred back to the Lord Chancellor by the Transfer of Functions (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/3429).