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With nearly 36 per cent of cases included a litigant in person this article from the Times gives an overview of the difficulties presented by litigants in person, from the court to represented parties.
The Public Accounts Committee report questions the ability of HMCTS to deliver its court reform programme saying the pressure to deliver quickly risks driving changes before fully understanding the impact on users and the wider justice system.
Bob Neill, chair of the House of Commons justice committee, says the justice system should be measured more by it's impacts, and asks parliament to reevaluate the resources it makes available to deliver the rule of law and access to justice.
HMCTS have launched a dedicated webpage which will collect all thier updates and announcements regarding the court reform programme.
January to March 2018
Co-located support services, such as Citizens Advice services at GP practices, can play a crucial role in helping both patient/clients and the service provider. A national average shows the almost a fifth of GP consultation time is spent on 'non-clinical' issues presented by clients, but how is this reflected in the poorest and most vulnerable user groups?
Mental Health issues experiences by litigants in person was highlighted as one of the key issues facing the sector but following our Mental Health training in April it emerged that supporting staff and volunteers who engage with distressed people in emotive circumstances is just as important.
Refugee Action’s Good Practice & Partnerships Team is looking to appoint a researcher to carry out a piece of research and evaluation of its new partnership programme: the Early Action Charter Programme for People Seeking Asylum.
Legal Choices is a website which was set up by the legal services regulators to act as an independent source of public legal education on access to the legal services market. Its aim is to increase access to legal advice and representation.
As part of HMCTS court reform process more and more services are moving to online systems. To help people navigate and use these new online tool "Assisted Digital" has been designed to support users of the system. HMCTS have now provided an update on the progress of Assisted Digital design.
In essence, Legal Design reformats the presentation of legal advice, information services and resources in a way which makes it easily accessible and understandable. Legal design puts the users of the system at the heart of its considerations and develops services and products based solely on their needs, understanding and likely user journey.
As part of its work around improving access to justice for individuals, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is providing a second tier advice line on discrimination and human rights issues for those supporting individuals with complaints that might involve discrimination or human rights.
From the creators of the hugely popular RightsNet comes Advice Local - a new signposting service which identifies local advice information and services.
Shelter Legal guides you through housing law in clear, easy to understand language, explaining how legislation and case law work in practice. Fully referenced, Shelter Legal is a free, comprehensive and up-to-date housing law resource.
New research in progress which looks at resources used by appellant asylum seekers to put their story forward at tribunal hearings. Preliminary findings of new research challenge the notion that asylum seekers play no active role in their own claim.
Concerns raised about the impact of this practice and: the potential harm of conducting such a cross-examination to the litigants in person; potential breaches of ethical conduct for the psychologist expert; and the potential impact on the quality of the evidence.
Family drug and alcohol courts (FDAC) ‘one of the most important developments in family justice in the last 40 years’ will close in September due to lack of funds. Independent evaluations show that FDAC saves local authorities who support the problem-solving model £2.30 for every £1 spent.
Search for a legal adviser or family mediator with a legal aid contract in England and Wales.
We are increasingly looking to technology to deliver access to justice. In a recent webinar Namati highlighted six key questions to answer before implementing a technological solution to an access to justice issue.
Lexis Nexis are looking for potential partners in the advice sector that would benefit from a triage or prioritisation tool to increase the number of people they can help and improve their operations. This is part of a project LexisNexis kicked off in 2017 to support the advice sector as part of their CSR initiatives.