Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Law Society doesn't like it!
Basically the Govt got rid of means testing in the Crown Court which meant that a lot more defendants will be 'privately paying'. Which means that if they are lucky enough to be acquitted they might get their privately paying costs out of central funds (i.e. the Govt) such that there was no point means testing the innocent in the first place. So the Govt have reduced the rates you can get out of central funds to legal aid rates only. And the Law Soc is not happy (not least because most legal aid firms are subsidised by every now and again winning a privately paying case and collecting proper rates from Central Funds):