When the Legal Aid Agency opened its tender for the 2017 Legal Aid Crime Contracts in July last year it stipulated a number of important changes.  Although it was broadly similar to the 2010 contract there were differences in terms of office requirements, duty solicitor/ghost duty solicitor requirements and instructing advocates.  Amongst the most significant differences however, were the changes regarding ‘New IT Requirements’.

Gavel laying on top of pair of silver handcuffs both laying on a laptop keyboard with laptop screen in background
The tender listed IT requirements such as:

– All personnel must have access to a secure email account

= CJS online must be used to access evidence and serve documents, etc.

– Firms MUST HAVE an IT system that can manage client information and case files, and be capable of being used to work electronically within the CJS


Whether the Government had stipulated the use of IT for crime contracts or not, it simply makes good business sense to invest in technology. If a law firm is going to ‘make crime pay’ they have to do everything in their power to increase productivity and efficiency and crime case management software is the answer.

Select Legal Systems Limited has earned a reputation for having developed one of the most comprehensive legal aid criminal defence case management & billing systems on the market.  The system of choice for many crime firms, LAWFUSION was designed to enable fee earners to handle criminal case loads profitably.

Black and white image of legal block and gavel with three green dice on block spelling "LAW" and green metal handcuffs next to block, superimposed over image is play button and in bottom left hand corner log for Cartwright King SolicitorsCartwright King, one of the UK’s largest providers of legal aid, chose LAWFUSION as its legal practice management system to run and grow its business, but it is also popular with smaller and medium sized crime firms.

Mark Newby, Solicitor Advocate specialising in criminal law at Quality Solicitors Jordans  told us this morning, Case management software of this calibre is no longer solely the domain of the larger firm.  Due to the significant technological advances in recent years, particularly with remote access etc., growing firms like ours can now have all the same feature-rich functionality as the big boys.  This has levelled the playing field considerably.”

The LAWFUSION Crime module delivers functionality for both Legal Aid Agency funded work and private-paying client cases. The Software covers everything from the Police Station to the Crown Court and is of course compliant with Legal Aid Prison Law as well as incorporating reliable functionality for managing LGFS and AGFS claims.

LAWFUSION is available as a hosted system on the cloud for a competitive monthly fee, or as a traditional on-premise installation on your firm’s own servers. For more information about the LAWFUSION Crime Case Management & Billing Software Modules  or any other aspect of the system please call 01482 567601 during office hours.  Alternatively our online ‘request a demonstration’ form is available around the clock.

You can view the Cartwright King Video Case Study here.