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2018 Civil legal aid contract tender roadshows - various locations

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29 September 2017
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2018 civil legal aid contract tender roadshows – various locations
The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) tender for new civil legal aid face to face advice and Civil Legal Advice (CLA) contracts is now open. In these roadshows, Richard Miller, head of justice at the Law Society, will give an overview of the tender process, and will highlight changes to the contract that will come into effect from next September. David Gilmore will then conduct a more detailed run-through of the tender forms.
 
The roadshows are recommended for anyone who wishes to start or continue providing civil legal aid services from September 2018 to: 
  • gain a better understanding of the tender process and what the LAA is looking for in your answers
  • ask questions as to how the process will work
  • find out about changes in the contract terms that may affect what you need to do.
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Deadline for tender process
The deadline for submitting tenders for face to face and CLA contracts is 17:00 on Friday 10 November. Bidders are advised to consider the tender documents as early as possible to ensure they have the necessary information to complete the application process.
 
> Read more about the civil contract tender
Seminar: Section 28 cross-examination – what you need to know, 1 November
Section 28 refers to the pre-recording of the cross-examination of certain witnesses in criminal trials. The recently announced roll-out of this final special measure for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses, enacted in s 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, follows the piloting of the measure for young witnesses in several Crown Courts, including Liverpool. HHJ Aubrey will share his experience of the pilot in Liverpool Crown Court, considering how the procedure works in practice.

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News
Bach review
The Bach commission have published their final report with proposals for resolving the crisis in the justice system.

The proposals include a Right to Justice Act, establishing a right for individuals to receive reasonable legal assistance, and urgent policy changes reforming legal aid assessment, means testing, a widening of scope, a reduction in administrative burdens and universally accessible advice.

Read the report
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Crown Court Defence online billing to be mandatory
The Claim for Crown Court Defence (CCD) system will be mandatory for AGFS and LGFS billing from 31 October 2017.

Support is available to help paper form users switch to online working.

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Vacancies on Law Society committees
There are currently a number of vacancies on a number of Law Society specialist committees, including seven vacancies on the Criminal Law Committee and one on the Access to Justice Committee. Being a member of a Law Society Committee offers a unique opportunity to represent the profession and to influence Law Society policy making.

The closing date is 13 October, and interviews will take place between 30 October and 10 November. 

View vacancies
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