The Litigant in Person Network (the Network) is an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice. Coordinated by the Litigant in Person Support Strategy, and supported by The Legal Education Foundation, the Network is a place for you to share, discuss and collaborate across sectors.
What is the problem?
Access to free legal advice and representation is getting more and more difficult, having a disproportionately high impact on vulnerable people who may lose their home, income or contact with their family as a result of not being able to access the right support. Recent research has shown that the problem is getting worse, with 80% of private family cases having at least one party unrepresented1.
At the same time, innovation and progress in access to justice
What are we doing about it?
In March 2017, the Litigant in Person Network was launched to connect those with a common goal of improving access to justice. The website was developed after a 3-month consultancy with a wide range of stakeholders, resulting in a Network that was built not just for, but by
The website forms a central platform for members to find out about projects, resources, research and other content relating to access to legal advice and the legal system. The material is written both by the Network and by our team on behalf of the Network.
Who is the Network for?
The Network doesn’t represent a single voice. We are a cross-sector group of professionals (rather than Litigants in Persons themselves) and including members of the advice sector, legal professionals, academics, the judiciary, court and tribunal
The term ‘Litigant in person’ is employed in a broad sense and the project is aimed at those with a common goal of improving access to justice for those without means.
The Network’s long term vision is for actual and potential Litigants in Person to experience better support to manage their way through the legal system. We believe that through cross-sector networking, collaboration and shared and creative thinking, the Network will be stronger and more effective in meeting the needs of vulnerable people.
- Signposting to resources and projects, to improve awareness of existing tools and to encourage collaboration
- Providing opportunities for engaging with policy and public sector change
If you are a professional working in the field and would like to contribute to the Network, please join the network or email Ella Playfair at email@example.com. Contributions can be anything from a link to a website, tool or research paper to a short blog post on a successful (or unsuccessful) project.