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18 FEB2016

Rollout of Criminal Online Billing:
What is the impact on LEX Users?

Damien Breingan

National rollout for online billing under the Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) is to begin on 25 January 2016 on the Midland Bar Circuit.

Rollout across the remaining Bar Circuits is expected to conclude by Summer 2016.

Currently, usage of the online system for submission of claims under the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme, is via a process of invitation, and is NOT mandatory. As yet, there is no date scheduled for Criminal Online Billing to become mandatory.

IMPORTANT: At this stage, users of the online billing platform will need to enter claims in their Case Management Systems as normal, and then manually submit them online for processing by the LAA. There is however, no minimum requirement for the number of online claims to be processed, and a mixture of online and paper claims is perfectly acceptable. Chambers can in fact, decide to switch back to sending all paper claims, if required.

Chambers invited to use the online system therefore, may wish to do so, at least in part, in order to gain experience using the system. Such action would provide valuable feedback about the process to the LAA, and ultimately, facilitate an easier transmission onto the online system for when paper claims are eventually phased out.

There will ultimately, be a method for LEX to interface directly with the Criminal Online Billing service, using an API (Application Programming Interface) provided by the LAA. We are working closely with the LAA to deliver this functionality to our clients, as soon as possible.

Further information will be published in due course.

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