Criminal Legal Aid Contents


Committee information


1 Background to this report

Our inquiry on disclosure of evidence in criminal cases

Correspondence with the Secretary of State

Evidence sessions with criminal defence lawyers

Our report

2 Criminal legal aid

The Litigators’ Graduated Fee Scheme

Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

3 Recent changes to the LGFS

The LGFS cap on pages of prosecution evidence

The MoJ’s 2017 proposals for revising the LGFS

Impact of the revised LGFS on criminal defence solicitors

The sustainability of criminal defence firms

4 Recent changes to the AGFS

The MoJ proposals for revising the AGFS

Response of the Criminal Bar to the consultation proposals

The final version of the revised AGFS scheme

The MoJ’s response to the AGFS consultation

Response of the Criminal Bar to the final AGFS scheme

The Bar’s direct action and its impact

The Ministry of Justice’s offer of additional funding

The future of the AGFS

5 Some wider concerns

Expenditure on criminal legal aid

Declining expenditure on the Criminal Justice System

Disclosure of unused material

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: LGFS and AGFS: expenditure and volume of cases

Formal minutes


List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 26 July 2018