There are three possible outcomes if your client is granted legal aid:
Current upper and lower limits are published annually in the Keycard and on our website.
This table illustrates how contributions in children’s legal aid are calculated. The amount of contribution depends on the type of proceedings involved. The top row details the various sections of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011. We have calculated average duration times for these cases and the times are given in the second row. The first column shows examples of disposable incomes up to the current maximum of £222. The next column shows your client’s contribution depending on income and the type of proceedings involved.
|S163, S164, S165, S167|
|Average weekly DI|
£100-£68 = £32 £32@20% x4)
£26.50 + (£30@40%x4)
£76.80 + (£30@20%x24)
(£30 @55% x4)
£220.80 + (£30@30% x 24)
(£62 @ 70% x 4)
(£62@67% x 12)
(£62@40% x 24)
|Contributions from capital are the whole amount by which the disposable capital exceeds the contribution threshold.|
It is important that you tell your client that, if they have to pay a contribution, it is a condition of the grant of children’s legal aid that they do so. They risk losing their legal aid if they do not pay their installments on time.
Paying contributions in instalments
We will usually allow a contribution derived from income to be paid in installments. The table sets out the level of installments usually given for payment of a contribution.
|Up to £20||1||£20|
If your client finds it difficult to meet the payments levels set, we may be prepared to allow them to pay the contribution over a longer period. You should contact our Debt Recovery Unit to discuss this.
If the contribution is derived from disposable capital, it will normally have to be paid in a lump sum when legal aid starts.