LAA must give reasons about funding expert assessments in care proceedings – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 2nd, 2013 in children, costs, expert witnesses, judicial review, legal aid, news, reasons by sally

“This successful challenge to a decision by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) arose from an expert assessor in family proceedings – not unnaturally – refusing to begin work unless funding was in place. If the LAA are asked to fund an assessment on behalf of a party with legal aid, then it is common for lawyers to obtain prior authority from the LAA to ensure that the expert will be paid for their work. If not, then the lawyers themselves can be liable for an expert’s costs. In this case, prior authority to pay for the expert assessment had been refused by the LAA thus resulting in further court hearings and delay in the resolution of the case for the children.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd May 2013