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(Author: Mary Marvel, Head of Policy and Communications, Law for Life) Writing good legal information is hard. Finding a way of communicating what the law says so that people with limited legal knowledge can not only understand, but use it, is very tricky.
The site is aimed at people who are involved in or may be involved in a case in the Family Court in this area (Bristol, Weston, Gloucester and Bath). It sets out the range of help that is available locally, and provides basic information about how the Family Court works. The site has been created by a group of family lawyers based in Bristol, however the information may be of relevance nationwide. Twitter @familycourtinfo.
Dr Jane Krishnadas explains the foundations of CLOCK, The Community Legal Outreach Collaboration, Keele. CLOCK was formed as an umbrella of professional public, private and third sector organisations, to develop a new role ‘the Community Legal Companion’, premised upon the McKenzie Friend principles, to safeguard the litigant- in-person’s rights to assistance and access to legally-aided and affordable legal services, within the shared commitment to access to justice.
The LawWorks Clinics Programme provides support and assistance to free legal advice clinics, supported by volunteer lawyers. They are looking to looking to hear from people in the South East of England who are currently running a pro bono clinic or interested in developing a new clinic.
We are starting to create a signposting page with links for finding free legal advice around the UK. If you are aware of any websites we can add to this page please use the comment feature below or email email@example.com.
The Litigant in Person Judicial Engagement Group provides the HMCTS Reform Programme with views from the advice and pro bono sectors in the development of the HMCTS reform programme. Here is a summary of the Group's meeting held on 23rd November 2016.
Students from the University of Bristol, the University of Law and the University of the West of England are holding information sessions for LIPs explaining the court procedure, what you can expect in court and what you need to do in preparation for the court hearing. The sessions run weekly at the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre and include a tour of the court.
The Lord Chancellor has announced that the LASPO review will commence shortly.
PLE resources available for use.
Citizenship Foundation’s latest blog explains the importance of triggering article 50 and why it is important for it to be explained in our schools.
Law for Life has worked with many organisations to provide training for intermediaries, informal advisers, or problem-noticers as to how to help the people they come into contact with deal with common legal problems.
Just a few pointers on where to get started when looking for funding, including how to write bids and possible sources of funding including open funding rounds.
Information on the ATJF's criteria and preferences regarding applications for funding. The trustees generally expect to hold two grants rounds a year with deadlines in November/December and February/March. Each round will be announced on the Foundation’s website. Please note that these distribution principles are subject to the discretion of the trustees and may be changed at any time. The current version will be published on the Foundation’s website. The trustees do not accept any duty or liability to any person seeking funding.
The Litigant in Person Judicial Engagement Group provides the HMCTS Reform Programme with views from the advice and pro bono sectors in the development of the HMCTS reform programme. The Group covers the Civil, Family and Tribunal jurisdictions and is mindful of the increasing number of LIPs in criminal courts.
Advicenow have created a series of easy-to-use step-by-step guides for people struggling to deal with family issues. Mary Marvel, Head of Policy and Communications at Law for Life, explains how the guides work and where to find them.
RCJ Advice are pleased to have developed and started a new online triage and self-booking service which enables clients to book their own appointments online at a time that suits them within availability.
For anyone interested in volunteering at RCJ advice we have an “about us” brochure for information on roles available and a standard application form. RCJ Advice is a unique Citizens Advice service covering legal services in the Royal Courts of Justice and Central London Family Court and deliver Citizens Advice Islington. We are able to provide a wide range of volunteer experience.
Make Our Rights Reality (MORR) is a national project from Youth Access which teaches young people about their rights and gives them a voice to challenge injustice.
New PSU services in 2016 include Bournemouth, Chester, Newport and West London Family Court: these services are currently part-time, and opening hours vary, so please check the PSU website for details.
The Welsh Government has just published an Information and Advice Plan, working together with the National Advice Network and others. It sets out how they aspire to work together to improve access to the quality assured services which people need. Published December 2016.