The Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) becomes mandatory for all Special Children Act applications on 1st February 2016. Thereafter it will become mandatory for all remaining types of cases from 1st April 2016.
It had previously been intended that CCMS would be mandatory for all applications from 1st February 2016; however this had been met with significant opposition from representative bodies. Improvements have been made to the application process for Special Children Act cases and the amended timetable is intended to allow providers to become accustomed to further enhancements that will be made to the system for other case types.
The legal aid agency report that at present 65% of all new applications and 73% of Special Children Act cases are currently being submitted via CCMS. Therefore it may well be that some firm may have had limited experience of CCMS so far. We would recommend that you use the system before it becomes mandatory (especially for Special Children Act Cases) and take advantage of available training so that you are fully prepared for the changes you will have to make internally when managing these cases online.
We have been using CCMS since 2013 and are well placed to assist with your billing requirements. We can talk you through the process of how to set us up as a user and how we can assist in making billing in CCMS as straightforward as possible.