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Ministry of Justice

Award of costs from Central Funds in criminal cases

Status: Closed - with response

Open date: 06 November 2008

Close date: 29 January 2009

Responses published: 08 June 2009

The government consulted on proposals to reform the way costs from Central Funds are awarded in the defence of privately funded defendants acquitted in criminal cases in England and Wales.

Consultation paper


This report contains the government's response and describes the proposed scheme in more detail, including how the consultation has influenced the conclusions on proposals such as disallowing costs in certain cases, and capping costs to legal aid rates.