Legal Aid Funding Reforms Survey
This survey concerns proposed changes to fees paid to Expert Witnesses in Legally Aided cases. It arises from the recent Ministry of Justice proposals to introduce capped fee ranges, which are explained and summarized in Expert Fees Under Attack.
Your responses to this survey will be used in formulating the views that the Society will put to the MoJ; it is, therefore very important that we get as many as possible from the entire expert community. To this end, the survey is open to members and non-members alike. It is also essential to hear from experts who do little, or even no, legally aided work so that we can know what makes it so unattractive.
As a token of the Society’s thanks, every expert who responds will be sent recent figures estimating the levels of fees charged by Experts, comparing them with those charged by solicitors and barristers. These will include ranges paid for legally aided and privately funded work in both civil and criminal cases.
To be of most help in influencing MoJ policy, please, send your response by Thursday, November 12th 2009
Important: when completing the form
- To prevent false skewing of the results, anonymous forms cannot be included; for non-members this means the inclusion of an e-mail address.
- n/a means "not answered" not "not applicable"; please, select an answer rather than n/a - it will greatly increase the clarity and power of the statistics.
- "Other Medical" means medically qualified people; "Other" is for anyone not specified in the previous 8 options and no-one else should give a Description, which should be brief, preferably one word.
- The entire survey is concerned only with legally aided work; please, be careful to avoid mixing eg by assuming "Civil" to mean "non-aided".