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attending_on_witness [2018/04/23 17:57] (current)
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 +====== Attending on a Witness ======
 +It is possible to represent a witness. Funding would only be available under a CRM1&2. But you would need to justify attending on a witness. If a complex bit of law or a vulnerable client its probably fine. The simplest justification would be for a witness who is clearly at risk of self-incrimination. ​
 +The General Criminal Contract stipulates that a fee may be claimed for attending with a witness if there is a complicating factor and refers you to the Contract Guide. There is no such thing as a Contract Guide but the GCC is surely referring to any guidance issued by the LAA or other body.   
 +There is no such thing as a complicating factor either. Its not in the LAA Criminal Manual or the Standard Criminal Contract or the Crime Contract Specification or even the Standard Terms. Hardly helpful.  ​
 +But according to the Criminal Bills Assessment manual:
 +4. In the case of a witness who does not meet the definition of a volunteer, it must be demonstrated that they require advice regarding the risk of self-incrimination (Regulation 12(2) (i) of the Criminal Legal Aid (General) Regulations 2013).
 +It would therefore be sensible to check with the firm's Legal Aid supervisor. ​
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