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Legal Aid Scheme

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much legal aid has been spent on each of the top 10 per cent of the most costly criminal cases in the last three years.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

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.

£ million
  2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
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.

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