The court has wide powers to direct that a client should cease to be entitled to criminal legal aid in connection with the proceedings before the court, either at first instance or on appeal under Rule 33.3 of the Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules) 1996.
The court may take this step where they are satisfied the client has:
The clerk of court must report the termination of criminal legal aid to us. No further chargeable work can be undertaken under the grant of legal aid.
Further circumstances where the court may terminate criminal legal aid
The court also has the power to discontinue criminal legal aid where:
In such circumstances, the client shall not be entitled to criminal legal aid in relation to any later stages of the same proceedings
Where you were appointed by the court to act on behalf of the client, the court will not direct that the client should cease to be entitled to legal aid but can relieve you from acting (and appoint another solicitor).
The full list of offences in respect of which a court may now appoint a solicitor under automatic criminal legal aid [section 22(1) (dd) of the 1986 Act] includes: