Dear Legal Aid Agency,
I would like to submit the following FOI in relation to cost order in criminal case and completing form 5911 to the legal aid agency.
My FOI is about section 12 of the form and this is about litigators preparation costs.
1) The fourth column of this section 12 is quoted as Rate (hourly). If a solicitor is Grade A and charges £250 per hour, should the solicitor state the actual rate as £250 in the column or any other rate?
Thank you for your e-mail, I am writing to advise you that your enquiry does not fall under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) regime and has been rejected by the Disclosure Team.
It may be helpful if I explain that the FOIA gives individuals and organisations the right of access to all types of recorded information held, at the time the request is received, by public authorities such as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Section 84 of the FOIA states that in order for a request for information to be handled as a FOI request, it must be for recorded information.
For example, a FOI request would be for a copy of a policy, rather than an explanation as to why we have that policy in place. On occasion, the MoJ receives requests that do not ask for recorded information, but ask more general questions about, for example, a policy, opinion or a decision.
You may wish to re-submit your enquiry to the Ministry of Justice, which will be treated as Official Correspondence. Our contact details are as follows:
102 Petty France
020 3334 3555
If you do have any questions relating specifically to the FOIA or Data Protection Act (DPA), please contact the Disclosure Team at the following e-mail address: [Legal Aid Agency request email]
The Disclosure Team
We work to defend the right to FOI for everyone
Help us protect your right to hold public authorities to account. Donate and support our work.Donate Now