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Criminal Litigation

Criminal Litigation (17th edn)

Lisa Mountford and Martin Hannibal
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date: 03 October 2022

p. 1659. Funding of Criminal Defence Services and First Appearance Processlocked

p. 1659. Funding of Criminal Defence Services and First Appearance Processlocked

  • Martin Hannibal
  •  and Lisa Mountford

Abstract

This chapter considers the public funding of criminal proceedings and the early stages of the criminal litigation process. Topics discussed include legal aid as a human right; pre-charge advice and assistance; funded representation in court; representation orders; the interests of justice test; means testing and its application to cases tried in the magistrates’ court; the means test as applied to cases triable on indictment; work that can be done under a representation order; acquitted defendants and Defendants’ Costs Order; the future of public funding; and preparing for the first appearance before the magistrates’ court.

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