Criminal Legal Aid Order Contribution Order Enforcement

James Parry made this Freedom of Information request to Legal Aid Agency

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The request was refused by Legal Aid Agency.

Dear Legal Aid Agency,

In the financial year 2013/14:

1. How many applications were made to the County Court to enforce criminal legal aid contribution orders?
2. What was the total sum expended in court fees to make those applications?
3. What was the total sum expended as legal fees to solicitors or counsel to make those applications?
4. How much was recovered as a result of those applications?
5. How many of those orders have been set aside?
6. How many applications were made to the High Court to enforce criminal legal aid contribution orders?
7. What was the total sum expended in court fees to make those applications?
8. What was the total sum expended as legal fees to solicitors or counsel to make those applications?
9. How much was recovered as a result of those applications?
10. How much has been paid in bailiffs fees to enforce criminal legal aid contribution orders?
11. How much was collected as a result of bailiff action?
12. How much was ordered to be paid as a criminal legal aid contribution orders?
13. How much of that sum has been collected?
14. What value of legal aid contribution orders has been written off?
15. What is the current balance of legal aid orders outstanding?

Yours faithfully,

James Parry

Information Governance (LAA),

Dear Mr Parry.

 

Thank you for your online request on the 23^rd December 2014, in which you
asked for the following information from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) an
Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):

 

“In the financial year 2013/14:

1. How many applications were made to the County Court to enforce criminal
legal aid contribution orders?
2. What was the total sum expended in court fees to make those
applications?
3. What was the total sum expended as legal fees to solicitors or counsel
to make those applications?
4. How much was recovered as a result of those applications?
5. How many of those orders have been set aside?
6. How many applications were made to the High Court to enforce criminal
legal aid contribution orders?
7. What was the total sum expended in court fees to make those
applications?
8. What was the total sum expended as legal fees to solicitors or counsel
to make those applications?
9. How much was recovered as a result of those applications?
10. How much has been paid in bailiffs fees to enforce criminal legal aid
contribution orders?
11. How much was collected as a result of bailiff action?
12. How much was ordered to be paid as a criminal legal aid contribution 
orders?
13. How much of that sum has been collected?
14. What value of legal aid contribution orders has been written off?
15. What is the current balance of legal aid orders outstanding?”

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 23^rd January 2015.

 

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Kind regards,

 

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

 

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Information Governance (LAA),

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Dear Mr Parry.

 

Please see attached our response to your FOI.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Afryea Adofo| Information Governance Team | Legal Aid Agency

 

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Dear Legal Aid Agency,

Thank you for notifying me that my request has been refused on the grounds that you believe that collating the data requested would exceed the statutory limit. I ask that your decision be reviewed and that particular consideration is given to your duty to assist within section 16 of the Act.

At the root of my request was an interest in discovering whether any cost/benefit analysis had been conducted into the efficiency of the contribution order scheme relating to criminal legal aid orders. It was informed by the knowledge that a similar contribution based scheme within the Legal Aid Act 1988 was not continued in the Access to Justice Act 1999. It would be a matter of surprise if the Agency has not undertaken some study or produced some statistical analysis of the efficacy of the current scheme. It would be consistent with your s16 duty to direct me to that evidence, if it is held, or alternatively to state whether in fact no such study has been undertaken or such statistical or accounting evidence is not available.

In so far as your comments about the need to examine external records and the records held by partner agencies are concerned it seem unrealistic that returns from those agencies will not have been condensed to show monies received and monies paid for the tasks identified within my questions. In such circumstances on reviewing this matter and considering your duties under s16 of the Act are you able to provide me with or direct me to any source of abbreviated information that might answer all or some of those questions in part or point generally to efficacy or otherwise of the situation, without the need for further research.

If of course it is the situation that the Agency has not conducted any form of cost benefit analysis of the contribution scheme in respect of Criminal Legal Aid orders I would be grateful if you would confirm the point as part of your review.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

James Parry

Information Governance (LAA),

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Good afternoon

 

Please see attached our response to your recent request for an Internal
Review.

 

Regards

 

Andrew Leach

 

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

 

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