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Standard Crime Contract 2010

Standard Crime Contract 2010

All crime legal aid providers have to sign a contract with the Legal Services Commission. The current Unified Contract (Crime) has been extended to 13 July 2010, and the new 2010 Standard Crime Contract will come into force on 14 July. The LSC has just announced the new tendering procedure, and the main points are as follows.

The tender process for the new contract for all applicants who wish to undertake criminal defence service work in any Criminal Justice System (CJS) area of England and Wales opened on Monday 15 February 2010, and will close at 4pm on Friday 12 March 2010, so time is short. Providers will need to apply for and be awarded the new contract in order to carry out any new publicly funded criminal defence work from 14 July 2010. If you wish to apply for a contract, the essential document to read is the Information For Applicants (IFA). This paper contains the information, instructions, rules and Terms and Conditions that will govern the tender process. The IFA also contains the questions that will be asked in the online Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and the ITT (Invitation to Tender). But the LSC stress that to answer these questions you must use their online system.

There are other documents important to the tendering procedure. The Standard Terms govern the underlying relationship between the LSC and Providers and the 2010 version is based on those already used in the current crime and civil Unified Contracts, updated and revised as appropriate. The Specification sets out the rules for carrying out publicly funded criminal defence work in all the CJS areas of England and Wales.  Much of the contents of the Specification reflect recent policy announcements, and the key changes include The Duty Solicitor Arrangements 2008, Prison Law Funding, and Prescribed proceedings in the Crown Court. The Schedule sets out provisions specific to an individual provider and the Contract for signature is a short contract document which will give effect to the contract as a whole. You will be asked to read, understand and agree to its contents as part of the tender process. 

For all these documents, and additional information, go to

http://www.legalservices.gov.uk/criminal/contracting/10652.asp#about

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- who has written 462 posts on Upper Case – The Anya Legal Journal.

Mike Gribbin is a retired Civil Servant with wide experience, including the drafting and implementation of Parliamentary legislation and regulations. He is the editor of “Criminal Offences Handbook”, a uniquely comprehensive guide to more than one thousand ways to fall foul of UK criminal law. He is Editor of the Upper Case Legal Journal and has been writing blog posts for the past eight years.

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