Cardiff University Lecturer, Jess Mant discusses what inspired her research on litigants in person in the family court.
Preliminary findings from research regarding litigants in person in the private family court suggest that the post-LASPO process has led LiPs to lose trust in the system and in some cases made them feel worse off than when they started.
January to March 2018
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.
We're proud to have the Child Line Advice Service (CLAS) joining the Litigant in Person Network. Find updates on their current work with litigants in person here.
RCJ Advice, one of the LIP Support Strategy Partners, has been funded by the latest round of the Tampon Tax Fund to expand access to legal advice for women experiencing domestic abuse through the provision of phone and email consultancy advice, digital tools, and an online forum for the front line workers who assist women. Alison Lamb, Chief Executive at RCJ Advice, provides an introduction to the project.
Published 26/03/2018 by Rebecca Scott, RCJ Advice
A referral was made by an independent domestic violence advisor (IDVA) from Refuge, on behalf of a young woman who had been the victim of severe domestic violence. The young woman was only 16 years old at the time as well as eight months pregnant. The Respondent, who was both the father of the child and the client’s ex-partner, was 25 years old. At the time of our intervention, the Respondent was being detained at Gatwick due to his pending immigration status.
Gov.UK guide on preparing to make arrangements and reaching an agreement. This guide may be useful if someone needs to make or change child arrangements (also known as contact, access or custody) with the other parent. For example, they may need to decide where their children will live or rearrange the times they see their parents.
(Author: Lucy Reed, Barrister) The Transparency Project is an educational charity whose aims are to improve public understanding of family law and the family court system. In October 2016 we formally launched our Family Court Reporting Watch project, funded by the Legal Education Foundation, building upon our established blogging on the topic of family law.
The Transparency Project is an educational charity that helps explain and discuss family law and family courts in England & Wales, and signpost to useful resources to help people understand the system and the law better. We work towards improving the quality, range and accessibility of information available to the public both in the press and elsewhere. We do not take on individual cases or provide legal services.
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.
The National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline provides support, help and information for women experiencing domestic violence. Open 24 hours a day, the confidential helpline is run by Women's Aid and Refuge. If you are a professional providing help or support to an abused woman, information on how you can best support her is available here. If you have further questions after reading this material, professionals can ring the Helpline directly.