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Criminal costs: legal aid costs in the criminal courts
Anthony Edwards with Colin Beaumont
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First edition |  April 2016  | 376pp
ISBN: 978 1 908407 74 0

The criminal legal aid scheme has become ever more complex and unclear. Criminal lawyers have a mass of statutes, regulations, guidance and cost decisions to navigate alongside the standard contract amendments. Criminal Costs: legal aid costs in the criminal courts is a comprehensive guide to managing fees for police station, magistrates’ and Crown Court work. Covering fixed and graduated fee schemes, it explains the principles that apply and identifies the relevant authority for making a claim.

The main commentary is supplemented with a wealth of appendices which include fee tables, experts' fees and rates, VHCC rates, classes of offences and court, police station and prison codes so that the busy practitioner has all the necessary information at their fingertips in a handy, accessible volume.

As practitioners are constantly frustrated and delayed by online billing systems, Criminal Costs will save valuable time and help avoid costly mistakes. It is quick and easy to navigate and has answers to all the tricky questions in one place.

The authors are acknowledged experts in this field with many years' experience at the police station and in the courts.Criminal costs is essential reading for any individual practising in the criminal courts and for anyone involved in the billing of criminal work.

Contents include:

· The principles of costs and enhancement in criminal legal aid cases

· Criminal investigations and freestanding advice

· Magistrates' Court proceedings

· Prison law

· Crown Court work

· Costs in relation to appeals and reviews

· Very high cost criminal cases

· Disbursements

· Administrative issues

· Relevant civil proceedings

See the full contents

Read the Introduction

It is up to date to include new remuneration rates for cases started on or after 1 April 2016.

Author Information:

Anthony Edwards is a criminal solicitor at TV Edwards LLP. He is a higher courts advocate and duty solicitor. He is a visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London and a member of the Law Commission's advisory panel on criminal law. Anthony writes and lectures widely on criminal law. 

Colin Beaumont is a criminal solicitor in private practice and a consultant. He is a duty solicitor and has been writing and training criminal lawyers for many years particular in the billing of legal aid work.

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