Abuse survivors ‘re-victimised’ through family court process – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Victims of domestic abuse should not endure the trauma of being cross-examined by their abusers in court, a national charity has recommended in a study on child deaths.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th January 2016

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Court of Appeal : LiPs can benefit from ‘without prejudice’ rule without knowing what it means – Litigation Futures

‘Litigants in person (LiPs) can benefit from the ‘without prejudice’ rule even if they do not know what it means, the Court of Appeal has made clear.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th January 2016

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Top judge says justice system is now unaffordable to most – The Guardian

‘Civil justice is unaffordable for most people, more people are being forced to represent themselves, and judges – whose pensions have been cut – feel underappreciated, according to the lord chief justice.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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‘Check settlements’, couples told after divorce form error – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2015 in computer programs, divorce, electronic filing, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Couples who divorced in the last 20 months have been advised to check their financial settlements after a glitch was found in an online government form.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2015

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Divorce error on form caused by UK Government software glitch could affect 20,000 people – The Independent

Posted December 18th, 2015 in computer programs, divorce, electronic filing, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘Divorced couples may be forced to return to court to renegotiate their separation after it emerged a Government software error may have altered the terms of their settlement.’

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The Independent, 18th December 2015

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Court of Appeal gives explicit backing for “valuable” unbundling – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors who offer “unbundled” legal advice to help litigants deal with challenging parts of the process provide an “invaluable” service to both the court and litigants, the Court of Appeal said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 18th November 2015

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“I don’t see how a dog could give instructions,” says judge as he throws out case – Litigation Futures

Posted November 17th, 2015 in animals, litigants in person, news, restraining orders, striking out by tracey

‘A litigant in person’s bid to sue HSBC and their solicitors Shoosmiths on behalf of two dogs has led the High Court to describe her as “one of those very rare litigants” against whom a two-year general civil restraint order had to be made.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th November 2015

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Where’s the justice in making family law cases a do-it-yourself project? – The Guardian

Posted October 6th, 2015 in civil justice, family courts, judges, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Judge in Bristol gives masterclass on representing yourself after legal aid cuts leave many people fending for themselves in court.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2015

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“Many parts of the Bar are in severe pain,” acknowledges BSB chair – Legal Futures

Posted October 6th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, litigants in person, news, speeches by sally

‘The present model for delivering justice in the criminal, family and immigration courts has become “increasingly challenged” and “many parts of the Bar are in severe pain”, the chair of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 6th October 2015

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Crippling court costs force poverty-stricken people to ‘plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit’ – The Independent

‘Poverty-stricken people are being encouraged to plead guilty to crimes they did not commit out of fear they will face crippling costs imposed by new financial penalties, leading lawyers, magistrates and campaigners have warned.’

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The Independent, 21st August 2015

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Judge dismisses LIP’s bid to get solicitor jailed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 19th, 2015 in children, families, litigants in person, news, social services, solicitors by sally

‘A litigant in person has failed with an attempt to have a solicitor acting for his ex-partner sent to prison.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th August 2015

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Car crash not to blame for lack of training contract, judge tells litigant-in-person – Legal Futures

‘A judge has told a litigant-in-person that a road traffic accident (RTA) she was involved in was not to blame for her failure to secure a training contract.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2015

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Re H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 583: Appealing decisions out of time and procedural rules for litigants in person – No. 5 Chambers

Posted July 27th, 2015 in appeals, family courts, litigants in person, news, time limits by sally

‘The recent case of Re H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 583 highlighted some of the difficulties that can be encountered by parties acting in person in family proceedings, and the stark consequences that can flow from a simple failure to follow procedural rules. The decision gives some guidance on the circumstances to be considered when deciding an application for relief from sanctions, namely an application for permission to appeal out of time.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 22nd June 2015

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No damage caused by civil legal aid reforms, says defiant MoJ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Cuts to civil legal aid have reduced the amount of “unnecessary and adversarial” litigation while ensuring funding is targeted at those who need it most, the government has said in response to a devastating report on changes to civil legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th July 2015

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Mr Justice Mostyn: Nobody anticipated “savagery” of legal aid cuts – Legal Futures

Posted July 1st, 2015 in budgets, debts, legal aid, litigants in person, magna carta, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Mostyn has delivered some of the strongest judicial criticisms yet of the legal aid cuts and warned that “more are in prospect” under a majority Conservative government.’

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Legal Futures, 1st July 2015

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Litigants in person, mental health, and relief from sanctions – Zenith PI Blog

‘An application for an extension of time to serve medical evidence by a litigant in person with a mental health disability was refused where there had been a number of breaches and considerable delay, effectivly bringing proceedings to a halt. Appeal to Court of Appeal dismissed.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 26th June 2015

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Bar Council joins forces with northern barristers to launch “go-to website” for direct access – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Council has joined forces with the two Preston-based barristers behind the Direct Access Portal (DAP) to relaunch it as the “go-to website” for consumers looking for a barrister.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd June 2015

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Surge in ‘DIY’ justice sparks guidelines for lawyers – The Bar Council

Posted June 19th, 2015 in legal profession, litigants in person, press releases by tracey

‘A surge in the number of people representing themselves in court has prompted legal organisations to draft guidelines for lawyers who come up against people who find themselves in court without legal representation.’

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The Bar Council, 18th June 2015

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In re K (Children) – WLR Daily

In re K (Children): [2015] EWCA Civ 543; [2015] WLR (D) 237

‘The Family Court had no power to order the Lord Chancellor to provide public funding for legal representation outside the legal aid scheme in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.’

WLR Daily, 22nd May 2015

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Lawyers urged to play it cool with litigants in person – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors, barristers and legal executives have been told by their professional bodies to be polite and non-judgemental when dealing with litigants in person (LiPs), and take “extra care to avoid using inflammatory words or phrases”.’

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Legal Futures, 4th June 2015

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