On the 1st April 2013 the Legal Services Commission will become the Legal Aid Agency. As a result new forms will be introduced for applications for legal aid and claims for costs. In the case of claiming costs it is important to ensure that claims submitted in the coming weeks comply with the transitional arrangements.
The new CIV CLAIM1, CIV CLAIM2 and CIV CLAIM1A forms become compulsory from 1st April; however ‘old’ forms signed pre 1st April will be accepted by LAA up until 30th April. ‘Old’ forms signed post 1st April will be rejected, as will ‘new’ forms signed pre 1st April.