Preparing for the on-line processing of family and civil legal aid claims

Preparing for the on-line processing of family and civil legal aid claims:  action required from all chambers that undertake legal aid work.

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) are developing a new online system (the Client and Cost Management System – CCMS) which will:

  1. move civil certificated work online for both providers (solicitors) and counsel
  2. replace the current case management system
  3. provide an electronic document record management service, and
  4. integrate debt collection and fund accounting to the system

The LSC are going to pilot the scheme in the North East in October this year and will start rolling-out the project in three tranches nationally starting from summer 2013 after incorporating a break for providers and counsel for the introduction of Legall Aid Reform changes.  The Bar Council and the Institute of Barristers' Clerks are involved through membership of the LSCs External Implementation Group (EIG).

For full information on the scheme and what you need to do now, please visit the Bar Council website at http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/media-centre/news-and-press-releases/2012/july/integrated-development-programme/

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