ABWOR and charges for affidavits

An affidavit in relation to judicial proceedings is considered to be a step in instituting, conducting or defending proceedings [section 6(1) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986].

This cannot be charged for under advice and assistance.  In certain administrative proceedings it may be appropriate for you to charge for the framing of an affidavit.

These include:

  • An affidavit taken to allow for the registration of a Scottish court order in England
  • Where an insurance company has requested an affidavit before making payment of a policy

An administrative affidavit will not be allowed where we do not consider that it meets the standard of taxation that the work was actually, necessarily and reasonably done.  An affidavit taken for the purpose of a change of name, for example, would not be allowed.

These examples are not exhaustive.

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