The Access to Justice Act 1999 has brought about wide-reaching changes to the Legal Aid system. This looseleaf has been produced in conjunction with the Legal Services Commission and is the official guide to the new scheme for public funding in England & Wales. The LSC Manual contains the statutory provisions together with other relevant documentation, and is a required reference tool for practitioners working in this field. Narrative commentary accompanies the primary materials, providing invaluable guidance. To ensure that each practitioner has a looseleaf publication that is specific to their own particular practice, the four volumes are available in a variety of combinations to suit both civil and criminal specialists, or those who practice in both.
The individual volumes cover the following areas: Volume 1: The statutory framework including the 1999 Act, regulations, directions and arrangements; Volume 2: The general civil contract including the rules and guidance for each of the areas of work; Volume 3: The Funding Code criteria, procedures and all relevant guidance; Volume 4: The Criminal Defence Service material - all the materials necessary to practice under the new system for criminal legal aid. The available combinations are: Civil and Criminal work: Volumes 1 - 4; Civil work only: Volumes 1 - 3; Criminal work only: Volumes 1 and 4sEach volume may also be purchased separately. Each combination of volumes is also available with a CD-ROM, allowing the user to search across the whole of the text or by statutes, SIs, circulars or individual cases. The service is backed up by Sweet & Maxwell's experienced Helpdesk.