Where additional services are required, you may need to submit further information setting out the services that are required, the reason for the particular service and the benefit to be derived.
When seeking additional services, add a request for an Additional Authority in EOS when making the submission for a legal aid certificate/amended legal aid certificate.
In relation to seeking additional authorities, you should ensure that:
- the correct additional authority is being sought;
- all additional authorities which the law centre is seeking at the point in question are included; and
- only brief details should be included in the “Reason” part of the Add Additional Authority dialog, with fuller details included in the Submission of Facts text box on the main Submission page.
The grant of an additional authority will usually specify a maximum limit which you may spend on engaging the witness or commissioning the report concerned. The current limits can be found in Part 10, Appendix A to this Circular but they may be revised from time to time. It is the responsibility of the solicitor to ensure there is absolute clarity in relation to fees where they seek to engage a person to provide a service on behalf of the client. It is also the solicitor’s responsibility to limit the Board’s expenses in engaging witnesses/commissioning reports – just because the Board specifies a limit in the terms of the authorisation does not mean you are required to spend exactly the limit specified – only that this limit may not be exceeded.