Criminal Legal Aid - Crown Court Contribution Orders

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Dear Legal Aid Agency,

Please would you advise me as to:

1. What is the total contributions ordered against defendants in respect of Crown Court proceedings in the last three available financial years?

2. Of that sum for each year

(a) How much has been recovered?
(b) How much is outstanding?
(c) How much represents arrears?
(d) How much has been written off?

3. How many LAA staff are engaged in administering that scheme and what is the cost of those staff;

4. What charges are paid to external agencies such as Rossendales and HMRC to assist in the calculation and collection process.

Yours faithfully,

James Parry

Information Governance (LAA),

Dear Mr Parry,

 

Thank you for your email of 20^th November 2013, in which you asked for
the following information from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) an Executive
Agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):

 

"1. What is the total contributions ordered against defendants in respect
of Crown Court proceedings in the last three available financial years?

2. Of that sum for each year

(a) How much has been recovered?

(b) How much is outstanding?

(c) How much represents arrears?

(d) How much has been written off?

3. How many LAA staff are engaged in administering that scheme and what is
the cost of those staff;

4. What charges are paid to external agencies such as Rossendales and HMRC
to assist in the calculation and collection process?"

 

Your request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

Under the Act, the department is required to provide you with a response
within 20 working days. We will write to you in response to your request
for information by 18^th December 2013.

 

The Freedom of Information Act includes a number of exemptions to
releasing information.  Some of these are qualified exemptions which
require us to consider whether it is in the public interest to disclose or
withhold the information.  In these circumstances we may need more time to
consider your request, and if this is the case I will write to you by the
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response.     

 

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to
contact us quoting the reference number 86967 in all future
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Kind regards,

 

Catherine Bond

 

Governance Team | Legal Aid Agency
8.42, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ

 

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Dear Mr Parry

 

Please find letter attached for your attention.

 

Kind regards

 

Naomi Lopez |Governance Team | Legal Aid Agency
8.42, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ

 

 

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