New category codes in preparation for moving submission of solemn criminal accounts online


Thursday, Jan 21, 2016

Firms taking part in phase 2 of our online accounts pilot will shortly be able to submit solemn criminal accounts online.

To accommodate this improvement, we have revised the subject matter category codes available for selection when you send us an application. These are ready for use now.

It’s important that firms not taking part in the online accounts pilot also begin to use the new category codes when sending us an application.

This will ensure there is no impact on accounts submitted once online solemn criminal accounts submission is rolled out to all solicitors later this year.

One of the main advantages of the solemn online account will be that the system will automatically generate the account structure based on the appropriate table of fees, as prescribed under Schedule 1 of the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Regulations 1989. This will make framing of accounts easier for you.

The solemn inclusive fees are based on the court and the subject matter. Therefore, these are vital pieces of information to allow the system to generate the correct account structure.

The revised subject matter category codes available for selection are now more specific. Where we previously had ‘catch-all’ codes such as ‘Sexual Offences’, there are now more detailed codes, such as ‘Rape’ or ‘Incest’.

The new codes are:

AMUM - Attempted Murder (multiple)

ASR - Assault & Robbery

ASRC - Assault & Robbery (commercial premises)

DGIM - Importation of Controlled Drugs

EXP - Offences under the Explosive Substances Act 1883

MONL - Section 327 to 333 & 339(1A) of the Proceeds of Crime (Sc) Act 2002 (money laundering)

RTAD - Road traffic Act Death by Driving – S1, S2B, S3A, S3ZB

 

SED - Sedition

SEXI - Incest

SEXL - Lewd& Libidinous behaviour against children under 12

SEXR - Rape

SEXS - Sodomy

SXOF - Section 1,2,3(2)(a) and 18 to 27 of the Sexual Offence Act

TOR - Torture

TRE - Treason

WAR - War Crimes

Below we have provided a full list of the new category codes together with an explanation, where appropriate. This applies to all firms.

What do you need to do?

For new applications

You should use the new category codes now so that when you create an account, you are able to create the account with the correct fee structure now.

If the category code or court changes, it is important that you notify us immediately and provide us with a copy of the petition/indictment/complaint. It is not uncommon for the charges to change between the petition and indictment and you must tell us about these so that the account is created using the correct fee structure You can do this by sending us a notification and attaching the document.

For current applications

For current applications where you will be sending us your account, you should check the category code and make sure it is still current. For example, if the category code was ‘Sexual Offences’ but the petition or indictment is for ‘Rape’, you must contact us to amend this. If the Crown has subsequently changed the category code or court has changed, you should tell us as soon as possible by notification and attach the indictment so that we can change it.

What will happen if you don’t amend a current application with the updated category codes or court?

If you don’t amend the category code or court, when you create an online solemn account, it may do so using the wrong table of fees. If you send us an account using the wrong table of fees, we will reject and return the account to you. You will need to amend the category code or court and re-frame your account.

For more information, you can contact the following:

Criminal Applications

Alison Craig – craigal@slab.org.uk
Laura Wemyss – wemyssla@slab.org.uk
David Millar – millarda@slab.org.uk
Carol Moffat – moffatca@slab.org.uk
Lindsay Frame – Frameli@slab.org.uk
Corrine Anderson – Andersonco@slab.org.uk

Accounts Specialist Unit

Iain Baptie - baptieia@slab.org.uk
Alan Spence spenceal@slab.org.uk
 

Subject matter

Further matters covered within this subject matter

Category code

Abduction

-

ABD

Attempted Murder

-

AMU

Attempted Murder (multiple)

-

AMUM

Animals (dangerous dogs etc)

-

ANI

Assault & Robbery

Assault & Robbery involving retail premises

ASR

Assault & Robbery (Commercial premises)

-

ASRC

Assault

Assault to severe injury
Assault to Severe Injury with Aggravations
Indecent Assault

ASS

Attempt to pervert course of justice

 

ATTP

Breach of Bail conditions 27(1)(b)

 

BBC

Breach of Community Reparation order

 

BCRO

Social Security Administration Act

 

BENF

Breach of ASBO

 

BOAS

Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2011

 

BODI

Breach of Peace

 

BOP

Breach of Undertaking S22(ZA)(1b) & 22ZB

 

BOU

Breach of Sex Offenders Act

 

BSEX

Civic Government (Scotland) Act - Indecent images

Offences under section 52 or 52A of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982

CGAI

Civic Government (Scotland) Act - Other

 

CGAO

Civic Government (Scotland) Act - within the curtilage

 

CGAT

Section 28-50 of the Criminal Justice & Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010

 

CJLA

Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act

Offences against Children under the consolidation act
Offences under section 16A of consolidation act

CLA

Communications Act

 

COMM

Culpable & Reckless Conduct

 

CULP

Children's & Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937

Offences under Section 12(1)

CYPA

Misuse of Drugs

Misuse of Drugs Possession with intent to supply or being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug
Possession with intent to supply or being concerned in the supply of a class B or class C drug

DG

Importation of Controlled Drugs

 

DGIM

Embezzlement

 

EMB

Emergency Workers Act

 

EWA

Offences under Explosive substances Act 1883

 

EXP

Firearms Act

 

FIR

Fraud

And related offences

FRA

Failure to Appear

 

FTA

Breach of Bail Conditions (other)

 

FTAO

Housebreaking

 

HB

Culpable Homicide

 

HOM

Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

 

LICO

Section 327 to 333 & 339(1A) of proceeds of crime act 2002 (money laundering)

 

MONL

Mobbing & Rioting

 

MOR

Murder

 

MUR

Offensive Behaviour at Football & Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012

 

OBF

Offensive Weapon - includes Consolidation Act

Possession of offensive weapon

OFW

Police & Fire Reforms (Scotland) Act 2012

 

POL

Robbery

 

ROB

Reset

 

RST

Road Traffic Act

 

RTA

Road Traffic Act Death by Driving

Section 1 of RTA 
Road Traffic Act Section 3A of the 1988 Act (causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs)
Road Traffic Act  Section 2B of the 1988 Act
Road Traffic Act  Section 3ZB of the 1988 Act

RTAD

Sedition

 

SED

Sexual Offences - Other

Offences under the Sexual Offences Act

Attempted rape

Obscene publications

Lewd & libidinous behaviour (other than that as otherwise specified)

SEX

Incest

 

SEXI

Lewd & Libidinous behaviour against children under 12

 

SEXL

Rape

 

SEXR

Sodomy

 

SEXS

Section 1, 2, 3(2)(a) and 18 to 27 of 2009 Sexual Offences Act

 

SXOF

Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015

 

TERC

Terrorism

 

TERR

Theft

Opening lockfast place

THF

Theft of Motor Vehicle

 

TMV

Torture

 

TOR

Treason

 

TRE

Vandalism

Violation of sepulchres

VAN

War Crimes

 

WAR

Wilful Fire Raising

 

WFR

Wasting Police Time

 

WPT

Other criminal


Bigamy
Bribery and Corruption
Brothel Keeping
Concealing a Pregnancy
Contempt of Court
Counterfeiting
Deforcement of Sheriff’s officers
Environmental Protection Prosecutions
Extortion
Forgery
Harassment
Health and Safety offences

Immigration Act
Intellectual Property offences

Mobbing (as opposed to mobbing AND rioting)
Malicious mischief
Perjury

Public order offences
Uttering
 
Any other offence not otherwise listed.

OTC


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