Category: (LiP) Litigant in Person

WALES/ENGLAND – Minister tells judges to keep out of legal aid disputes

Courts should not intervene in funding disputes where a litigant has already been denied legal aid, the justice minister has said. 10 December 2014By John Hyde   Shailesh Vara (pictured) told a committee of MPs this morning that judges should accept the presence of litigants in person and work with them. His statement was in …

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UK – Stay-at-home mothers facing child custody battles without legal representation

Mothers have borne the brunt of the impact of cuts in legal representation in family court cases, figures court show     Mothers have borne the brunt of the impact of legal aid cuts  Photo: ALAMY/POSED BY MODELS   The number of mothers facing court battles over access to their own children without a lawyer …

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WALES/ENGLAND – A Handbook for Litigants in Person

A Handbook for Litigants in Person published    The Judiciary of England and Wales have sought to pre-empt the predicted wholesale increase in litigants-in-person by publishing what it has modestly titled ‘A Handbook for Litigants in Person’. I say “modestly” as it runs to some 170 pages and appears on a first read through to …

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WALES/ENGLAND – Judicial Working Group publishes recommendations to assist with expected surge in litigants in person

Information for LiPs, judicial training, rule changes and McKenzie Friends considered by group The Judicial Working Group on Litigants in Person, under the chairmanship of Mr Justice Hickinbottom, has produced its first report. The report notes that according to the Government’s own figures, 623,000 of the one million people who benefit from Legal Aid every …

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WALES/ENGLAND – Bar Council publish guide for litigants in person

  As the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) come into force today, the Bar Council of England and Wales has published A Guide to Representing Yourself in Court. After LASPO comes into force, fewer people now have access to free legal representation than at any time since legal aid was first …

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WALES/ENGLAND – Appeal judge makes blistering attack on ‘emasculating’ legal aid cuts

  A retired judge has used one of his final cases to launch an attack on the government’s ‘emasculation’ of legal aid. Sir Alan Ward said judges of all levels were facing increasing difficulties with litigants in person – a problem which will only get worse when legal aid cuts come into force next Monday. …

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