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New interim fees for emergency case management

We are committed to ensuring matters progress in a timely manner and that where possible, efforts towards resolution are supported. We have approved new interim fees to support Phase 2 of the County Court’s Emergency Case Management System (ECMS) model in relation to the pending trials delayed or vacated due to COVID-19. This fee structure is effective immediately and applies for cases managed in Phase 2 only. Our previous interim fees remain for Phase 1 matters.

Getting the most out of our spend on psychologists and psychiatrists

Psychiatrists and psychologists are engaged from time to time to prepare expert reports for our clients, and to attend court to give evidence about their mental health.

As you may be aware, our Board has fixed fees for expert reports and court attendances by psychologists and psychiatrists in criminal matters. The fees are set out in Table S of the VLA Handbook.

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