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If an extension of aid has been issued to proceed to trial in the magistrates or childrens court the preparation component of the trial grant is claimable, if prior to submitting the extension of aid request the practitioner:
Where aid is granted for trial but the matter is disposed of by plea or by nolle prosequi, the practitioner and counsel are entitled to be paid the trial preparation fee only if the matter has been substantially prepared for trial.
Where a matter is adjourned on the day of the trial, or the business day prior, provided counsel appears at the adjournment then they are entitled to be paid the court time fee.
When aid is granted for trial, but the matter is disposed of by a plea or by a nolle prosequi the following rules apply:
File notes or notification from prosecution documenting when the practitioner became aware the matter would not proceed to trial or signed instructions from the client relating to a change of plea must be retained on the file.
Last updated 8 July 2016
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