Applications for Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) for inquest cases will no longer need to include means assessments of individuals from 12 January 2022.
From that date, new and pending applications for ECF inquest funding no longer require means assessments, no further contributions will be required for existing ECF inquest certificates and legal help related to the ECF inquest application will no longer require a means assessment. However, there is no provision to backdate legal help granted at this stage. There is also no change to means testing for standalone legal help. However, the legal help waiver provision also remains in place, which allows for advice and assistance in the early stages of the inquest process. The amended regulations have been laid and can be found here: