Work done under a court-grant of criminal legal aid under section 23(1)(b) of the Act is chargeable under Schedule 1, Part 1, paragraph 3 which prescribes a separate fixed payment for the JP court and for the sheriff court. The core fixed payment is not chargeable in these circumstances.
The first part of paragraph 3 states that the fee is payable for “All work done…” in connection with the grant. On the other hand, the second part is selective in what is to be included clearly indicating that it is not exhaustive of all work which might be carried out in the case.
Our approach, given the apparent contradiction, is that you are entitled to be paid the prescribed fee for all work done under a section 23(1)(b) certificate including appearance at the first diet. In addition, all attendances at any diet of deferred sentence or in connection with a proof in mitigation or a proof of a victim statement, beyond the first 30 minutes, will attract the fees set out in the Schedule for these hearings.
Again, this fee includes all other work which does not fall within the scope of the further fixed payments prescribed in Schedule 1.