AAFs. Stamp It Out!

We are increasingly noticing some Courts are become wildly aggressive when stamping FAS Advocates Attendance Forms.

On one form there were no fewer than 12 stamps. We can understand that court work can be frustrating but violent use of the court stamp is not the answer.

More problematic is perhaps stamping directly over the hearing start/finish times leading to them being unreadable and, on some occasions, the LAA disputing the Hearing Unit claim and demanding further evidence.

When having forms certified please ask them to stand back, breathe, count to ten, then stamp in a calm and rational manner.

And please also keep a decent note of all court attendance, waiting, and advocacy times. Whilst AAFs are generally sufficient, if a problem should arise or the matter ultimately becomes a VHCC, the absence of a decent note can lose you money.      

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