To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was the total (a) expenditure (b) number of cases granted under exceptional case funding in each year following the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.
188191: The total number of applications for Exceptional Case Funding which are granted is published by the Ministry of Justice, and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/legal-aid-statistics (Table 8.1 of the legal aid statistical tables). Please note that these statistics are compiled based on the time the application was received, rather than when funding was granted. An application may be granted in a different financial year from the one in which it was received, depending upon the applicable dates and circumstances. All applications for Exceptional Case Funding are considered on their own merits and the specifics of the individual case, and are granted funding if they meet the relevant criteria. The Legal Aid Agency carefully monitors the expenditure of legal aid category of law and the type of proceedings involved. However, it does not differentiate between sums paid for cases falling within the scope of the legal aid scheme as opposed to those funded under a grant of Exceptional Case Funding. Details of the total expenditure from the legal aid fund, broken down by various variables is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/legal-aid-statistics. 188192: Legal aid is potentially available for inquests either under the Legal Help scheme (where the application process is devolved to the provider) or via Civil Representation, where an application for Exceptional Case Funding must be made. The number of completed cases for each year since 2012 is shown below: