Civil legal aid accounts: availability of payments to account for outlays

There is guidance on how you can do this on Legal Aid Online in our accounts e-learning section.

General rules:

  • A claim for reimbursement under civil legal aid may be made only if the total of the disbursements is at least £150.
  • There must be a valid civil legal aid certificate in existence at the date of this claim.
  • The civil proceedings must not be concluded, although a claim may be made for witness expenses within one month following the date of the proof providing a final account has not been submitted.
  • No claim for reimbursement can be made for counsel.
  • Where the charges of an expert witnesses are claimed a full break down of the expert’s charges must be provided.
  • The claim must be submitted in the nominated solicitor’s name.
  • All claims for Reporter’s fees should be accompanied by the Sheriff’s Interlocutor

Reimbursements are paid only when a disbursement has been made/incurred and it is relevant to the grant of civil legal aid and where applicable; sanction granted. We aim to make any payment as quickly as possible but it may be necessary to seek further information. Providing a reimbursement does not mean we cannot later on decide that the payment is not properly allowable. If so, you will have to repay the money to the Legal Aid Fund.

Where the final civil account is submitted on paper it must contain a full and proper accounting of all work done and include all interim outlays paid previously. Where the account is submitted online only those outlays not charged by way of interim payments requires to be included in the account.

You can apply for interim payments of fees or outlays directly through Legal Aid Online or on paper.

In this section

Interim payment procedure for fees and/or outlays

Civil legal aid accounts: availability of payments to account for fees

Learn more about payment of block fee and detailed accounts.