Impact of cuts to legal aid to come under review – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2017 in civil justice, consultations, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The justice secretary, David Liddington, has committed his department to review the deep cuts imposed on legal aid by the coalition government in 2012.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2017

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Senior judge warns over ‘shaming’ impact of legal aid cuts – The Guardian

‘One of the most senior family court judges has warned about the impact of legal aid cuts and said it was “shaming” to preside over cases in which individuals are forced to represent themselves.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2017

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Legal aid and abandonment: grounds for divorce – Family Law

Posted October 13th, 2017 in divorce, legal aid, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘You might be forgiven for thinking that because every single divorce in England and Wales over the last four decades has been governed by the same piece of legislation that the process is rather prescriptive. In reality, it is anything but.’

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Family Law, 13th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Litigant-in-person figures expose family courts crisis – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in arbitration, family courts, litigants in person, news, statistics by sally

‘Latest government figures highlighting the rising number of private law cases and litigants in person have prompted calls for the government to heed recent warnings about the family justice system.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th September 2017

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Supreme Court to hear appeal against defective service ruling in law firm negligence case – Litigation Futures

‘The Supreme Court will hear an appeal in November by a litigant in person over the defective service of a negligence claim against a Midlands law firm, it has been confirmed.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th September 2017

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Crown Prosecution Service – Family Law

‘In D (Appeal: Failure of Case Management) [2017] EWHC 1907 (Fam) the Court of Appeal recently considered the mother’s application for an appeal which raised issues about judicial case management and in particular the court’s approach to the cross examination of an alleged victim by an alleged abuser.’

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Family Law, 7th September 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Litigant in person who walked out of assessment hearing ordered to pay £83,000 costs – Litigation Futures

Posted September 5th, 2017 in costs, doctors, employment tribunals, hospitals, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A litigant in person who “abruptly” walked out of a detailed assessment hearing before the end of the first day and failed to return, has been ordered to pay £82,930 by an employment judge.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th September 2017

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Judges “left uneasy” by professionals challenging regulators as litigants in person – Legal Futures

‘Judges are “left uneasy” by professionals presenting their own challenges to regulators as litigants in person (LIPs) and ignoring the “best points” available to them, the High Court has heard.’

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Legal futures, 21st July 2017

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Solicitors’ LLP not a litigant in person when acting for itself in proceedings, Court of Appeal says – Litigation Futures

‘A law firm LLP which acted for itself in legal proceedings is not a litigant in person for the purposes of the CPR, the Court of Appeal has held.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th June 2017

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Poor behaviour on the part of McKenzie Friends ‘a minority concern’ – Legal Voice

‘Most litigants in person were happy with their experience of paid McKenzie Friends, according to research published this week. The study commissioned by the Bar Council found that unrepresented litigants reported ‘relatively low’ costs for such services.’

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Legal Voice, 13th June 2017

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New research shows paid McKenzie Friends operating mostly outside the courtroom – The Bar Council

‘ New research undertaken by the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol shows that the bulk of work undertaken by paid McKenzie Friends is delivered outside court, with very few seeking actively to represent their litigant in person clients in the court room.’

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The Bar council, 12th June 2017

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Unregistered barrister allowed to serve claim for LiP – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 24th, 2017 in barristers, documents, judges, litigants in person, news, service, third parties by sally

‘A litigant in person has been allowed to serve their claim through an unregistered barrister, despite protestations it was unlawful.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd May 2017

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Gym goer who complained music was not motivating wins damages after an instructor humiliated him over microphone for complaint – Daily Telegraph

‘A fitness enthusiast who complained his gym’s music was not motivating enough has won damages after an instructor humiliated him over a microphone for complaining.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2017

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Litigant in person network goes live to co-ordinate support for access to justice – Litigation Futures

Posted March 17th, 2017 in internet, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘The Litigant in Person Network – an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice – has gone live this week.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th March 2017

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LiPs: a perfect storm in the divorce courts? – New Law Journal

Posted March 10th, 2017 in case management, divorce, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Iqbal v Iqbal provides a salutary example of the consequences that can occur in the absence of legal representation, as Shlomit Glaser & Tim Jones report.’

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New Law Journal, 9th March 2017

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Prolific LiP’s case partly struck out to give her a helping hand – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 8th, 2017 in judges, legal representation, litigants in person, news, striking out by tracey

‘A High Court judge has thrown out elements of a case brought by a litigant in person, telling her the ruling would help to remedy a lack of legal representation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th March 2017

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Neuberger: “Barristers increasingly shunning judicial careers” – Litigation Futures

‘If a career on the bench is not made more attractive financially, the rule of law could be undermined, and with it lucrative industries vital to post-Brexit economic prosperity, the departing president of the Supreme Court has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th February 2017

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Introducing the litigant in person network – Legal Voice

Posted February 21st, 2017 in civil justice, internet, legal representation, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The Litigant in Person Network is an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice. Coordinated by the Litigant in Person Support Strategy, and supported by The Legal Education Foundation, the network is a place for interested professionals to share, discussion and collaborate across sectors on issues relating to both actual and potential Litigants in Person (LiPs).’

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Legal Voice, 20th February 2017

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PI reforms could make justice system “unworkable”, district judges tell government – Legal Futures

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in consultations, judiciary, litigants in person, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The judges on the front line of low-value personal injury (PI) litigation have added a powerful voice of opposition to the government’s proposed reforms, saying the civil justice system could become “unworkable” as a result.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd February 2017

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Truss orders review to ban abusers tormenting victims in family courts – The Guardian

‘The Justice Secretary has set up an emergency review to find the quickest way to ban perpetrators of domestic abuse from directly cross-examining their victims within the family court system.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2017

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