Legal aid cuts ‘will stop the most vulnerable getting justice’ says report – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2011 in civil justice, Civil Justice Council, legal aid, litigants in person, news by tracey

“Civil Justice Council says planned £350m reduction in legal aid budget will also result in courts struggling to manage caseloads.”

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The Guardian, 11th November 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

 

Access to Justice for Litigants in Person (or self-represented litigants) – Civil Justice Council

Posted November 11th, 2011 in civil justice, Civil Justice Council, legal aid, litigants in person, reports by tracey

“A CJC working party has looked at how access to justice can be improved for individuals, known as litigants-in-person, who either choose not to have or cannot afford legal representation. Its report sets out a range of short and longer term practical recommendations aimed at addressing the problems faced by unrepresented litigants to help them resolve their disputes.”

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Civil Justice Council, 11th November 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk/about-the-judiciary/advisory-bodies/cjc

Man faces libel allegations over Amazon book review – The Independent

Posted November 10th, 2011 in defamation, litigants in person, news by sally

“A father of three from the West Midlands is set to appear in the High Court tomorrow to defend himself against libel allegations over a book review he wrote on Amazon’s website last year.”

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The Independent, 9th November 2011

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Legal profession braces itself for a surge in DIY lawyers after funding cuts – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2011 in law firms, legal aid, litigants in person, news, pro bono work by tracey

“Legal aid cuts will leave more people representing themselves, but may also make City firms pull their weight with pro bono work.”

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The Guardian, 8th November 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid cuts will cause courts logjam, warn top judges – The Guardian

Posted October 26th, 2011 in budgets, courts, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“Legal aid cuts aimed at saving £350m a year will result in courts being deluged by people without lawyers and will restrict access to justice, some of the country’s most senior judges have told the Guardian.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid bill ‘to hit families, women and children’ – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2011 in domestic violence, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“A coalition of lawyers and charities has attacked planned government changes to the legal aid system as ‘disturbing’ for children, women and families.”

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BBC News, 24th October 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Litigants in person numbers soar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2011 in family courts, litigants in person, news by tracey

“The dire state of the economy has already led to a dramatic increase in the number of litigants in person, new figures from a voluntary organisation suggest. This is before government cuts to civil legal aid come into effect, which many solicitors predict will trigger another huge rise.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th October 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Attorney general returns to unique role over legal aid reform – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2011 in attorney general, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“The attorney general is to intervene in the controversy over cuts to family justice, according to the Times. Dominic Grieve is to tell Ken Clarke that the lord chancellor’s proposals would clog up the courts with unrepresented litigants.”

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The Guardian, 28th September 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attorney General: cuts to legal aid will force people to represent themselves in court – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2011 in legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General, is to raise concerns about cuts in legal aid with the Cabinet.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2011

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More litigants in person will threaten the county courts with additional delays – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 18th, 2011 in county courts, litigants in person, news by sally

“The House of Commons’ justice committee, chaired by Sir Alan Beith MP, predicts an increasing number of litigants in person by reason of the government’s curtailment of legal aid. We are told courts must make ‘adjustments’ to cope with this influx ‘in what are often emotionally charged cases’.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th August 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

How to represent yourself in court – The Guardian

Posted August 9th, 2011 in litigants in person, news by sally

“Proposed changes to legal aid will remove whole areas from the scheme, leaving many people little choice but to go it alone.”

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The Guardian, 6th August 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid cuts will bring more DIY cases into courts – which will grind to a halt – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2011 in budgets, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“Cuts on this scale demand co-ordinated response in law education, guidance and resources, or the system won’t work.”

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The Guardian, 5th August 2011

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Sex abuse victims could suffer from legal aid cuts, MPs warn – The Guardian

“Victims of sexual abuse are in danger of being cross-examined in court by their tormentors unless the government makes legal aid available in such cases, according to a report by the Commons’ justice select committee.”

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The Guardian, 14th July 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Council: Parliament Should Heed Experts’ Warnings on Legal Aid Changes – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has written to MPs to voice serious concerns about the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, which is scheduled for its second reading in the House of Commons tomorrow afternoon.”

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The Bar Council, 28th June 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council: Access to Justice will be Systematically Deprived by Legal Aid Proposals – The Bar Council

Posted June 22nd, 2011 in budgets, legal aid, legal representation, litigants in person, news by sally

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today warned that access to justice will be systematically deprived as the Government published the response to its legal aid consultation.”

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The Bar Council, 21st June 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Legal aid cuts of £350m will bring chaos to courts, judges fear – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2011 in civil justice, legal aid, litigants in person, news by michael

“The number of people who represent themselves in the civil courts – because they cannot afford a lawyer and fall outside the limits that are set for legal aid funding – is about to rise because of government funding cuts, leaving courts braced for a growing number of vulnerable people fighting their own, often chaotic, cases.”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2011

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Could you defend yourself in court? – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2011 in judiciary, legal aid, litigants in person, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Legal aid changes in England and Wales could mean hundreds of thousands more people representing themselves in court, judges have warned. So how exactly do you become an amateur lawyer?”

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BBC News, 28th February 2011

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Legal aid cuts will cost more in long run, say judges – The Guardian

Posted February 24th, 2011 in family courts, judiciary, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“Courts could grind to a standstill as hundreds of thousands of people represent themselves in legal cases, senior judges have warned.”

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The Guardian, 24th February 2011

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Legal Aid Cuts Will Cost More Than They Save: Barristers’ Body Warns That Increase in ‘DIY Justice’ Will Gridlock Courts – The Bar Council

Posted February 15th, 2011 in barristers, costs, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“A forensic examination of the Government’s Green Paper on legal aid, carried out by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has found that proposals by the Ministry of Justice to cut legal aid could end up costing rather than saving taxpayers’ money, with a devastating effect on access to justice.”

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The Bar Council, 14th February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Council cautions against ‘DIY litigants’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 14th, 2011 in legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“The government’s ‘crude and brutal’ legal aid cuts will trigger a surge in ‘DIY litigants’ that risks ‘gridlock’ in the courts, the Bar Council has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk