22 October 2021
The following fees have been agreed by the Scottish Government for nominated and duty solicitors who are providing advice and representation to persons arrested or accused of COP26 related offences.
This also includes additional fees for non COP26 cases which are dealt with at a COP26 weekend court.
Further details on how these fees can be claimed will be issued shortly.
All COP26 related summary criminal cases that require to proceed to trial will be paid at twice the current trial rates at £1,157.22, with £216.30 for the first day and so on.
The fees are:
All COP26 related criminal ABWOR fees, where ABWOR is provided by nominated or appointed solicitors, will be paid at a higher fee of £578.61.
A fee of £108.16 will be payable for the representation in court, per appearance, at a third and subsequent deferred sentence hearing, where the hearing relates to one or more than one complaint.
Each firm required to be available for duty during the COP26 period shall receive a £350 daily rate for being available to cover a police station or custody court.
In respect of each plea of guilty, £578.61 will be payable.
For each Not Guilty plea made and for cases continued without plea, a fee of £68.14 will be paid.
Any police station interview undertaken will be paid at an enhanced rate, equivalent to the usual higher unsociable hours’ rate, for up to 4 hours at £287.68 per case and £71.93 per hour thereafter.
Any Police Station consultations by phone or in person will be paid at the rate of £124.38 per case.
The following enhanced fees will also apply to non COP26-related cases which appear in the COP26 weekend custody courts in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Hamilton, Paisley and Falkirk. These fees apply to cases dealt with at the weekend court only, and do not continue to apply to cases which are continued to another weekday.
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