This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 2 July 2012, amend the Legal Services Regulations 2011, by—
amending regulation 4, which provides that the regulations apply to applications for legal aid made on or after 1 July 2011, to clarify that that provision does not limit or affect the application of section 132 of the Legal Services Act 2011. That section is a transitional provision that requires legal aid granted under the Legal Services Act 2000 (the former Act), and applications properly made under the former Act, to be dealt with as if the grant or application had been made under the Legal Services Act 2011 (which mostly came into force on 1 July 2011).
removing the requirement that claims for payment for legal aid services must be made within 3 months after the day that the services are provided, and substituting a requirement that claims must be made within 6 months unless the Secretary for Justice (the Secretary) requires in writing that a claim be made. If the Secretary does require a claim to be made, that claim must be made within 90 days of the date of that requirement.
Date of notification in Gazette: 24 May 2012.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Justice.