Why an inquisitorial system for family courts won’t work – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, delivered a speech last week in which he radically called for a judge-led inquisitorial system to be considered for family and civil courts. He commented that, within the family law arena, the current adversarial method of dealing with cases was ill-suited to both the types of cases seen there and the significant numbers of litigants in person who now make up large numbers of the users of that system.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th March 2014

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Inquisitorial system may be better for family and civil cases, says top judge – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2014 in civil justice, family courts, judges, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A judge-led, inquisitorial system of justice may be a better way of conducting family and civil cases where litigants are unrepresented, the lord chief justice has suggested.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2014

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Lawyers to stage full-day walkout over legal aid cuts in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Criminal courts across England and Wales will be severely disrupted next month when barristers and solicitors escalate their protests against legal aid cuts by staging a full-day walkout.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2014

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Family law in crisis – New Law Journal

‘Cuts to legal aid have thrown family proceedings into chaos, say Kim Beatson, Caroline Bowden & Ellen Lucas.’

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New Law Journal, 10th February 2014

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Fathers4Justice man jailed for defacing Queen portrait – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2014 in artistic works, criminal damage, litigants in person, news, sentencing by sally

‘A Fathers4Justice campaigner has been jailed for six months for defacing a portrait of the Queen with paint.’

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BBC News, 5th February 2014

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Probe into growth of ‘professional’ McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel has begun an investigation into the emergence of ‘professional’ McKenzie Friends who charge litigants in person for their services, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2014

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Barristers and solicitors walk out over cuts to legal aid fees – The Guardian

‘Criminal courts across England and Wales will be severely disrupted on Monday morning when barristers and solicitors stage an unprecedented mass walkout in protest at government plans to slash legal aid fees by up to 30%.’

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The Guardian, 5th January 2014

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This month’s costs cases summaries: appeals, unjust enrichment and Mitchell – Litigation Futures

Posted December 10th, 2013 in appeals, budgets, case management, civil procedure rules, costs, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘Our monthly summary of key costs-related court decisions.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th December 2013

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‘Disastrous’ drop in out-of-court mediation for divorcing couples – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 29th, 2013 in arbitration, courts, divorce, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“The number of divorcing couples using special out-of-court sessions to settle disputes over property and children has collapsed in the wake of legal aid cuts.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th October 2013

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A Handbook for Litigants in Person – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted October 23rd, 2013 in courts, legal aid, litigants in person, press releases by tracey

“A guide to appearing in civil cases without legal representation has been produced and published by the judiciary.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 22nd October 2013

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Lord Neuberger: Don’t restrict right to judicial review – Daily Telegraph

“The Government should not restrict people from seeking judicial review, the UK’s most senior judge has warned.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th October 2013

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‘A rank denial of justice’ for vulnerable people: Senior judge attacks plan to cut legal aid by £350m – The Independent

“Britain’s most senior judge has warned the Government that its proposed cuts to the legal aid budget could mean ‘a rank denial of justice’ for vulnerable people.”

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The Independent, 15th October 2013

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Grieve: legal aid cuts hurt, but bar is just too big – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 2nd, 2013 in attorney general, barristers, budgets, legal aid, litigants in person, news by tracey

“Attorney general Dominic Grieve has spoken of his sympathy for lawyers affected by the legal aid cuts – but insisted the legal sector cannot be immune from austerity measures.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th September 2013

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Mediation services hit by legal aid cuts, Ministry of Justice figures reveal – The Guardian

“Government attempts to promote mediation as an alternative to expensive courtroom divorce and custody battles are failing, according to figures obtained through freedom of information requests.”

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The Guardian, 30th September 2013

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BSB hopes JR will close floodgates on costs – Legal Futures

“The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to judicially review (JR) a disciplinary tribunal decision ordering that an acquitted barrister who represented herself be paid £27,500 in costs, fearing that if it went unchallenged similar claims could follow.”

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Legal Futures, 27th August 2013

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The last Englishman – New Law Journal

“James Wilson salutes an iconic litigant in person.”

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New Law Journal, 26th July 2013

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McNally under fire over Lips claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 16th, 2013 in delay, legal representation, litigants in person, news by sally

“Justice minister Lord McNally is facing criticism from lawyers over a claim that cases involving litigants in person (LiPs) are ‘normally’ completed more quickly than those where parties have legal representation.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th July 2013

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Woman won harrassment case against ‘bullying bank’ – Daily Telegraph

“A woman has won a case of harassment against her bank after she was plagued by more than 500 calls for missing a single loan payment.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2013

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Judges call for urgent overhaul to cope with surge of LIPs – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 8th, 2013 in judiciary, legal aid, legal education, litigants in person, news by sally

“The government and judicial office must overhaul training, advice to litigants and the nature of the court process itself to deal with thousands more litigants in person (LIPs), a judicial working group has concluded.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th July 2013

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The Judicial Working Group on Litigants in Person – Judiciary of England and Wales

“The Judicial Working Group on Litigants in Person – Report, July 2013.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 5th July 2013

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