Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
18 June 2018
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request – 111950
Thank you for your request dated 11 May 2017 in which you asked for the following
information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ): Please can you tell me the amount of legal aid granted to the following members of
the so-called Rochdale grooming scandal?
Shabir Ahmed, Adil Khan, Abdul Rauf and Abdul Aziz. Many thanks.
Your request has been handled under the FOIA. I apologise for the delay in you receiving
this response. Please note that the information below reflects the correct data as at the time
your request was received.
I can confirm that the MoJ holds the information that you have requested and I have
provided it below.
Table 1: Criminal legal aid costs in relation to the Rochdale Grooming Case (for the
representation at the crown court)
All the above costs include VAT and disbursements, disbursements are expenses incurred
which although paid by the LAA directly to the providers, are then paid to other parties
involved in the case.
Anyone facing a Crown Court trial is eligible for legal aid, subject to a strict means test.
Depending on their means, applicants for criminal legal aid can be required to pay
contributions up to the entire cost of the defence.
The LAA records data on legal aid awarded at the police station, prison law and magistrates
court on a computer system which does not allow the LAA to uniquely identify individuals, as
it records names but does not record full names, dates of birth or any other means to allow
the conclusive identification of specific individuals at this stage of the justice process.
Figures have therefore not been provided for these areas of the legal aid schemes.
If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to request an internal review by
responding in writing to one of the addresses below within two months of the date of this
Disclosure Team, Ministry of Justice, 10.38, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ
You do have the right to ask the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to investigate any
aspect of your complaint. However, please note that the ICO is likely to expect internal
complaints procedures to have been exhausted before beginning their investigation.
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