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In 2012, the Government changed the law to restrict reimbursement of the legal costs of defendants who have been acquitted of a criminal offence. Defendants who were entitled to legal aid (i.e. those facing trial in the Crown Court) but chose to pay privately, were no longer able to recover legal costs. Where legal costs were allowed, e.g. in the magistrates’ court, they were limited to the equivalent of legal aid rates. A post-implementation review of the legal aid changes made by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 will be conducted by April 2018.