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The amount of legal aid spent on each of the top 10% of the most costly cases in the last three years is shown in the following table. The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) have calculated this information based on the most expensive cases where the final payments were made in the referenced year. The payments in the referenced year and previous years have been aggregated to obtain the full case costs.
|Criminal legal aid expenditure||1,206||1,164||1,088|
|10% expensive cases cost||120||116||109|
|Notes: 1. The amounts given are not necessarily final—it is possible that some cases might incur additional costs in addition to costs stated, for example, where the lawyers appeal against the amounts paid. 2. A single large criminal investigation can lead to many trials. 3. The information provided includes information on cases as recorded centrally by the LAA. As with any large database, it is possible that some details can be entered incorrectly. 4. All the cases costs include VAT.|