Domestic abusers still able to cross-examine victims in court – The Guardian

‘Victims of domestic violence continue to be cross-examined by their abusers in family courts more than a year after the government promised to stop such ordeals, a report has found.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

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JY v RY: An Indictment of the Impact of Legal Aid Cuts – Family Law Week

‘Matthew Richardson, barrister, Coram Chambers explains why a case, described by the judge as “the most unsatisfactory” he has heard and in which ‘had one or both of these parents been represented … probably the outcome would have been very different’, serves as an alarming lesson in just how far our justice system has fallen.’

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Family Law Week, 4th May 2018

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Legal aid strike: Solicitors “should help clients represent themselves” if they can’t find barrister, says SRA – Legal Futures

‘Criminal law solicitors unable to find a barrister because of their protest over legal aid fees “may need to assist the client to represent themselves as best they can” if the court will not grant an adjournment, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 26th April 2018

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No “special treatment” for LiP as judge weighs interests of represented party and the public – Litigation Futures

Posted April 24th, 2018 in civil justice, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A litigant in person (LiP) is not to be given “special treatment” as the rules in the part of the law his case concerns are neither hard to find nor “particularly difficult to understand”, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th April 2018

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Court blocks £420k legal aid challenge from litigant in person – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 6th, 2018 in judicial review, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The High Court has turned down a public funding challenge from a litigant in person who believed a government body was acting against him.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th April 2018

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Litigant in person’s “tittle tattle” claim needs a proper hearing, says judge – Litigation Futures

Posted April 5th, 2018 in appeals, litigants in person, news, probate, striking out, summary judgments by sally

‘A litigant in person’s contentious probate claim, part of which was dismissed by a High Court master as “no more than tittle tattle”, needs a proper hearing, a judge has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th April 2018

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Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Assisting Access to Justice – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir Ernest Ryder, Senior President of Tribunals: Assisting Access to Justice.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 20th March 2018

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Master of the Rolls: More than four in ten of applications to Court of Appeal come from litigants in person – Legal Futures

Posted March 20th, 2018 in appeals, civil justice, costs, courts, internet, litigants in person, news, speeches by sally

‘The proportion of applications to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal by litigants in person (LiPs) has gone up by 50% in the last 10 years, the Master of the Rolls has said.’

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Legal Futures, 20th March 2018

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Latitude for litigants in person? Apparently not (just about…) – Zenith Chambers

‘On 21 February 2018 judgment was given in the case of Barton -v- Wright Hassall LLP [2018] UKSC 12.’

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Zenith Chambers, 26th February 2018

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Supreme Court urges rule committee to clarify status of law firm LLP acting for itself – Litigation Futures

‘The rule committee should look at clarifying whether a law firm LLP which acts for itself in legal proceedings is a litigant in person for the purposes of the CPR, the Supreme Court has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st March 2018

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Don’t treat litigants in person as an unwelcome problem, judges told – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in judiciary, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘Litigants in person should not be seen as an unwelcome problem for the court, judges have been told in 422-page guidance on equal treatment issued by the Judicial College.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st March 2018

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Supreme Court: No dispensation for LiPs in complying with rules and orders – Litigation Futures

‘A lack of representation may mean that litigants in person (LiPs) are afforded some latitude in case management decisions and in hearings, but it will “not usually justify” applying a lower standard of compliance with rules or court orders, the Supreme Court said today.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st February 2018

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Supreme Court: no indulgence for litigants in person – Family Law

‘Mr Barton is a seasoned litigator. He first sued, and eventually settled with, lawyers who had dealt with financial relief proceedings for him. The defendants in the later Barton v Wright Hassall LLP [2018] UKSC 12 acted for him in his claim against those original lawyers after Wright Hassall (WH) had come of the court record in a dispute over fees. WH sued him for their fees and obtained a summary judgment. Mr Barton, acting in person (a litigant in person (LiP)) claimed against WH in professional negligence.’

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Family Law, 22nd February 2018

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Breaking: Supreme Court rules against treating LiP as a special case – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Supreme Court today narrowly rejected a plea from a litigant in person for special dispensation in navigating civil procedure rules. Justices ruled by a majority of 3-2 in Barton v Wright Hassall that unrepresented claimant Mark Barton should have checked whether he could email a claim form and that without such permission his claim was invalid.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st February 2018

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Finance and Divorce Update, January 2018 – Family Law Week

‘Sue Brookes, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2017.’

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Family law Week, 10th January 2018

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Rise of LiPs “key challenge for family lawyers and courts system” – Legal Futures

‘The rise in the number of litigants-in-person in the family courts since the 2013 legal aid reforms has topped a poll of the causes of discontent among family law practitioners for the fifth year running.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2017

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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

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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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk