More than a third of cases now unrepresented

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No less than 36 per cent of all family court cases now feature unrepresented litigants on both sides, new figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal.

A total of 13,029 new private law cases – i.e. disputes between individuals – were launched between April and June, three per cent more than in the same period last year. The percentage which featured no lawyer on either side was up two per cent on the previous quarter. No less 28,278 children were involved in these cases.

In his final pre-retirement report earlier this month, Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas described the rising number of private disputes as a “deeply worrying phenomenon”. Similarly, the Labour-backed Bach report last week called for the restoration of legal aid to all cases involving children.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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2 comments

Talib - October 1, 2017 at 4:06pm

Do we know how many of those litigants in persons have been successful?

Andrew - October 2, 2017 at 9:09pm

Many of them will have been opposed to another litigant in person so one of them has to win.

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