Criminal law: Temporary Criminal Tariff changes

To support you in helping your clients during suspension of regular court operations due to COVID-19, Legal Aid BC has introduced a temporary Criminal Tariff rule.
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The new rule allows for earlier and more flexible billing of the Non-Trial Resolution (NTR), Multiple Information Resolution (MIR), and Visiting Clients in Custody items. The rule will be reviewed as matters progress and will be rescinded by further notice.

Non-Trial Resolution and Multiple Information Resolution

The changes allow you to bill the NTR and MIR fees when counsel and Crown have reached an agreement without having to appear in front of a judge.

Billing NTR fees:

  • Refer to the tariff for which services are temporarily billable;
  • Attach written records to the invoice confirming consent from the Crown and client. This may include file notes, documents from the Crown, or anything else you would normally keep in your files;
  • Enter the date of the agreement as the service date.

Billing MIR fees:

Follow the same instructions listed above for NTR fees. Note that where an agreement covers a number of informations that will be resolved before the same judge on the same half day, MIR can be billed.

Billing for in-custody client visits

You are able to bill the Visiting Clients in Custody fee when you take instructions from a client in a correctional or detention facility by telephone or video. If you visit more than one client by telephone or video on the same day, you may temporarily bill for each client telephone or video visit.

Learn more about these changes by reading the April 21, 2020 Notice to Counsel.