Applying for an increase beyond the standard cost limit: procedure and information to provide
If the standard cost limit is not sufficient to conclude the case, you can apply for an increase in funding. You should complete the amend application. There is no limit to the number of amend applications you can submit. If we are satisfied costs to be incurred are proportionate and reasonable we will grant the application.
Your amend application needs to explain why the available expenditure is running out and what work is needed to bring the case to a conclusion. It should also give up to date information about the prospects of success for the assisted person.
You should include details of:
Counsel and expert fees
Other significant outlays including reporter’s or curator’s costs
Likely length of any court hearings including estimates of time needed for any proof
Number of child welfare hearings in the case, if applicable
Any special needs of your client, that require additional assistance or expenditure
In this section
Cost limitations on grants of civil legal aid: how the limit is calculated and what is covered
Find out more about cost limitations on grants of civil legal aid, how the limit is calculated and what is covered.
The importance of monitoring your case costs: considering sufficient expenditure
Learn about why you need to ensure you have sufficient expenditure in place for all the work you need to undertake.
Case cost limits: payments from the Fund and judicial expenses cases
Find out why the cost limit is not relevant on your case if you obtain judicial expenses.
Applying for funding beyond the standard cost limit: factors to be addressed
Find out what factors we have to consider when assessing your application for a higher level of expenditure.
Seeking a review of the case cost limit applied: procedure and information to provide
Find out the details you need to submit if you are seeking a review of the cost limit of your case.
Increases in long running cases or with multiple legally-aided parties: our monitoring role
Learn about when we will monitor long running cases and what form this will take.
Situations in which retrospective authority for a case cost increase may be granted
Find out when retrospective sanction will be considered and what we consider a good reason for not seeking our prior approval for a case cost increase.
TOOL: standard cost limit of your case
Use our case costs limit tool to view relevant information about your civil legal aid work.