As I mentioned in the first part of this Review, mediation would be one of the recurring themes of the year, constantly being promoted by the Government as it tried to divert attention from the virtual abolition of legal aid for private
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The Grant Thornton Matrimonial Survey 2013 has just been published, with a range of findings.
We live in a time of constant change. Change happens in all areas of society, and families and family breakdowns are no exception. Change affects the way families live, how problems are handled when they break down and how we lawyers help to resolve those problems.
Whilst taking one of my regular looks at the Judiciary of England and Wales website yesterday, I noticed that they have published a guide to court proceedings for those without legal representation. Cunningly titled A Handbook for Litigants in Person
A group of judges and legal professionals have published a report examining the challenges posed to the courts by ‘litigants in person’ – people who appear in court without a lawyer.
The Judicial Working Group on Litigants in Person was set up in December last year
So, how is this going to work? A look at policy in the ‘real world’ by guest blogger Hayley Crossman
Whilst working in the public sector, I was able to see children and families going through the pain of family separation in both the public and private law arenas. At the Children’s Workforce Development Council, a quango set up to ensure those working with children
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read a certain speech by Lord McNally.
Appearing at the Grange Holborn Hotel earlier this week, the Minister of State for Justice addressed the current state of the family justice system, as well as the government’s
It is a rare solicitor who doesn't get asked, at some point in his or her career, what it is like to represent someone whom you believe to be guilty, or to whom you have taken a passionate dislike. For family lawyers, the curiosity focuses on
The role of judges is changing as ever-greater numbers of people appear in court without a lawyer, a senior district judge has warned.
Harold Godwin is the recently appointed President of the Association of Her Majesty’s District Judges
Retired senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss has predicted “absolute disarray” in the courts if plans to end the funding of two major legal advice centres go ahead.
The Citizens Advice Bureau runs a centre at the Royal Courts of Justice providing advice to litigants in person
Earlier this month, my latest family law book hit the online shelves. It is my first book in nearly ten years, but why now? Let’s put it this way: there is a reason why the book includes worksheets and checklists. And there is a reason why it is available on e-readers for less than
I’ve written more than once on this blog about the rise of the ‘litigant in person’ – people who appear in court with no legal team and represent themselves. Once a relative rarity, something strictly for eccentric amateur lawyers only, the numbers of litigants in person is
Nine months on from the excitement surrounding the launch of family law arbitration, and over a year since the government introduced Mediation Information Assessment Meetings, has the alternative dispute resolution cause moved any further forwards?
No legal system can be truly just without the respect of the society in which it operates. The victims of a criminal being led away to begin their sentence can only feel that justice has been done if they respect the system which has enacted the punishment.
I recently posted on the dire situation facing the judiciary, noting the comments made by District Judge Nicholas Crichton about our courts being stacked out with Litigants in Person (LiP), and the detrimental effect it is having
Mr Justice Mostyn is not only a very good judge, but also a brilliant academic. Some of his written work is so complex that, years later, I’m not embarrassed to say I didn’t understand a word of what he had to say about the long-gone CSA maintenance formula.
With my recent Roman holiday in mind, together with my concern for litigants in person who may not be able to afford legal representation or believe they can do as a good a job as a lawyer, what follows is my latest column for Solicitors Journal.
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