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Case rate (lump sum)

If you want certainty about what your lawyer is going to cost you, in some cases you can choose to pay a fixed amount for legal aid in your criminal case. This applies to a single instance, either first instance (court) or appeal (court of appeal) or cassation (Supreme Court). Your lawyer will then make an estimate of the time to be spent and make you a proposal. If you agree, this is the amount that will be charged. It will no longer matter how much time your lawyer spends. You can discuss with your solicitor whether you qualify for a case fee.


If you are acquitted of all the facts (or a similar decision) your lawyer may ask the court to reimburse you for the costs you have incurred. If the judge finds this reasonable and fair, it will be granted. This is not an absolute right. Our lawyers can inform you about this.

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