Legal Costs: Criminal Proceedings

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), superintended by the Attorney-General, has responsibility for negotiating any changes to levels of remuneration for lawyers prosecuting its cases in criminal courts.

CPS officials meet with the Remuneration Committee of the Bar Council to discuss remuneration arrangements for self-employed barrister advocates and they last met on 1 February 2010. At that meeting CPS officials discussed with the Remuneration Committee options for re-structuring the CPS graduated fee scheme.

The CPS does not engage in discussions with the Law Society regarding remuneration for prosecuting lawyers because few solicitor advocates are instructed by CPS and when they are arrangements will mirror those for self-employed barristers.

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