Funding Code

What is the Funding Code?

The Funding Code is the set of rules we use to decide what individual cases we will fund through civil legal aid.


The criteria define what services we will fund. These range from basic legal advice to representation in court proceedings.

Different criteria are set for different types of case according to the Lord Chancellor's priorities.

Funding Code criteria


The procedures set out how we make decisions about funding civil legal aid. They explain the 4 ways services are delivered:

  • Controlled Work
  • Licensed Work
  • Other Contracted Work
  • Non-Contracted Work.

Funding Code procedures

Guidance on funding decisions

The Funding Code’s decision making guidance is divided into:


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