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New guidance on prior authorities

Posted: in by Michelle Barron.

The guidance issues by the LSC explains:

  • That you must apply for prior authority if seeking to instruct an expert at higher than the codified rates, or you will be capped at the codified rate

  • That you may apply if an expert fee or other disbursement is either unusual in nature or is unusually large or there are no codified rates for a particular expert service

    It also gives examples of unusual numbers of hours and fees that might be considered unusually large, (although these are not caps), and explains when you do not need to apply for prior authority for drug and alcohol tests.

​Full details of the guidance can be found here.

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