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These Regulations may be cited as the Criminal Defence Service (Choice in Very High Cost Cases) (Amendment No 2) Regulations 2004 and shall come into force on 1st January 2005.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 January 2005: see above.

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In regulation 2 of the Criminal Defence Service (Choice in Very High Cost Cases) Regulations 2001, for the definition of “a Very High Cost Case” substitute—

““a Very High Cost Case” is a case where if the case proceeds to trial, that trial would be likely to last for 41 days or longer, and any question as to whether the case fulfils this criterion shall be determined by the Commission; and”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 January 2005: see reg 1.

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Signature

Signed

David Lammy

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Constitutional Affairs

16th December 2004

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Criminal Defence Service (Choice in Very High Cost Cases) Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/1169) (“the 2001 Regulations”). The 2001 Regulations provide for the selection of new representatives where a right to representation has been granted in a Very High Cost Case and the Legal Services Commission or the current representatives do not propose to contract with one another.

These Regulations amend the definition of a Very High Cost Case in the 2001 Regulations to:

(a)    increase the qualifying period during which the trial of a Very High Cost Case is likely to last to 41 days or longer; and

(b)    remove the alternative of a financial threshold above which a case would qualify as a Very High Cost Case.

The amendment made by these Regulations brings the definition of a Very High Cost Case in the 2001 Regulations into line with the amended definition in the Criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2001 (SI 2001/855) and the Criminal Defence Service (General) (No 2) Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/1437).

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