Family Advocacy Scheme
A Brief History
The Family Advocacy Scheme replaced the Family Graduated Fee Scheme in May 2011, and amended in February 2012 the scheme covers Fees in the FPC, County and High Courts without the need to obtain prior authority, the LAA are currently piloting paperless billing in the North East Region which will negate the need for paper bills to be raised and allow online monitoring of bills. Please refer to the CCMS page for further information on the pilot
The full provisions of the scheme are set out in the Community Legal Service (Funding)(Amendment) Order 2011 (No 1027) ) and in section 7 of the 2012 Standard Civil Contract (Family and Housing) (the Family Specification).
It applies to applications for funding made on or after 9 May 2011 in accordance with paragraph 7.28 of the Family Specification. For cases started prior to that date previous guidance including the guidance on the Family Graduated Fee Scheme will continue to apply.