The effect of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) comes into effect from 1st April 2013. If you’re interested in reading specific details of the Act then you can find more information on the government website.
This special blog is designed to keep you updated of the changes and any updates issued by the Legal Services Commission (rebranded as Legal Aid Agency from the 1st April 2013), related to Family Mediation. It won’t quite be like the interactive service provided by the BBC on polling day! However when we receive any information related to form updates, useful links, etc will be posting them here. We expect things to be quite ‘fluid’ over the next week – so why not add this page as a favourite! If you’re on Twitter, then why not follow us at @progressmediate which we will use to announce updates.
Latest Form Revisions (MoJ and LAA)
Civil Means7 version 8 (CIVMEANS7) – download
Controlled Work 5 version 3 (CW5) – download
FM1 version 04.13 – download [issued by the MoJ rather than the LAA]
LAA Monthly Reports
Revised forms have been created for the Consolidated Work report and Work Start form, however March 2013 data needs to be completed using Consolidated Version 3 August 2004, and Work Start Version 1 October 2002. The revised monthly report and form to be used from April 2013 can be found below:
Consolidated Work report – Version 4 April 2013
Work Start form – Version 2 April 2013
Important update 4/4/13
There are currently two issues affecting people using the LAA calculator:
- Issue 1 : Unable to access the site using Internet Explorer. This results from the use of Java scripting on the website. The simply solution is to enable Java scripting in the security settings of the browser. However, it may be better to do this by adding the calculator http://civil-eligibility-calculator.justice.gov.uk/ to the list of Trusted sites, then changing the security settings to enable Java scripting for the Trusted sites.
- Issue 2: Server error you reach the final stage and attempt to print the results of the calculator on the CW1, CW2, CLSAPP6 or CLSM7 forms. When you click on one of these buttons a server error screen is displayed. For the present, we would suggest clicking on the ‘Print full calculation’ link until the issue has been fixed.
Guidance for Eligibility
The MoJ guide for assessing your client’s eligibility can be found at the Checking civil eligibility section. The following is a direct link to the ‘Guide to Determining Financial Eligibility for Controlled Work and Family Mediation April 2013‘, released 1st April 2013, version 1. It’s quite a tricky document to find unless you know what you’re looking for…
The MoJ have also released Keycard 49 as a quick reference point for assessing financial eligibility.
Legal aid reform implementation FAQs
The LAR Implementation FAQ can be downloaed from the MoJ website here. This was last updated on the 19th April 2013.
Progress Mediation is a web-based tool specifically designed for managing the administration of family mediation. It supports both private and legal aid cases.