Published 09/01/2020 by Professor Gráinne McKeever and Dr Lucy Royal-Dawson
Network members, Law and Social Justice Professor Gráinne McKeever and Dr Lucy Royal-Dawson from Ulster University, share some news about their project 'Understanding the support needs of Litigants in Person through Human Centred Design'.
Young Legal Aid Lawyers have published their new blog 'View from the Gravy Train' to dispel the idea that all lawyers, specifically legal aid lawyers, live immensely affluent lifestyles. They want to show the reality of tuition fee debt and low paid work, but they need your help - submit your experiences of working in legal aid today!
Young Legal Aid Lawyer's Blog 'Thanks to Legal Aid', aims to show the positive (as well as negative) stories of how legal aid helps families. But they need your help! Contribute your stories of working in legal aid today, to be featured on their blog.
Published 20/11/2019 by Claire Gilbert
The Thomas Paine Initiative has called on funders to help capture the public’s hearts and minds, and counteract the threat to democracy from populist leaders. “Public opinion cannot be left to chance”, and communications strategy must be nurtured“at every stage” of the grant making process.
The Secret Life of Prisons - a new podcast from Prison Radio Association and the Prison Reform Trust. Hosted by Phil Maguire and Paula Harriot - each episode explores different experiences of prison hearing directly from people who have firsthand experience. Episode one 'The Arrival' featured our Being the Story speaker Brenda and she shared how it felt on entering prison. Find all the episodes here - http://secretlifeofprisons.libsyn.com/website
Published 04/09/2019 by Lisa Naylor
The rise of the far-right political movement, the growing gap between rich and poor in both developed and developing countries, and even climate change are all negatively affecting fundamental human rights on a global scale. And erosion of these rights inevitably makes it harder for vulnerable people to gain access to justice in a disastrous combination of the reduction of funding for advice and growing economic inequality.
Published 03/05/2019 by Stacey Lamb
Research by mmadigital shows that cost and lack of understanding of legal services could see consumer clients try to avoid direct contact with lawyers.
The Legal Education Foundation has published a comprehensive and insightful report by leading legal journalist Joshua Rozenberg QC on the court reform programme, from origins to implementation.
Published 01/02/2019 by Marco Montanaro
This article provides a general overview of triage, exploring what it means and what its implications for access-to-justice services are. After tracing the history of the word 'triage', the article goes on to chart some recent developments in Canada and offers some suggestions as to how a triage mechanism could effectively benefit the access-to-justice sector across the UK.
Published 18/01/2019 by Stacey Lamb
Article on what it's like to be a litigant in person is among the winners of the Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards.
"Parents will often attend court unrepresented, shell-shocked after having been through a final care hearing and having to come to terms with the fact that a court has decided that their child(ren) should be removed from their care... Trying to explain what the application of the law is, let alone the law on change of circumstances, is always going to be difficult. "
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.
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?
It's been five years since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act came into force and drastically reduced the scope and availability of legal aid funding. We are following the post-implementation review process and feeding back to the Network to enable the views of organisations working directly with litigants in person to be shared.
From the reform of HMCTS and the introduction of Assisted Digital, to the use of artificial intelligence to predict the outcome of your case, it seems where there's a legal dispute there's a digital solution We've pulled together a brief overview of some of the most relevant developments to look at how their introduction might help, or hinder, litigants in person.
Under proposed changes to small claims limits it is estimated as many as 90% of accident victims will be unable to pursue claims with legal assistance. Michael Lewis, CEO of Claim Technology explores whether a combination of technology and barristers can fill the gap.
In a recent blog post Transform Justice highlights an instance of unrepresented litigants being used to justify refusing a member of public access to viewing small claims proceedings at a county court.
The recent wave of housing associations’ mega-mergers have sparked the question: is bigger necessarily better?
Grace Abu, Preventative Housing Solicitor at RCJ Advice, looks at the impact of the new super-sized housing associations on their clients
(Author Lizzie Irons, Head of Service, the Personal Support Unit) As we head into the autumn, we are taking stock, with each PSU writing a progress report for April to September 2017. The most surprising news is not the overall increase in client contacts over the period, but the fact that for over a third of our services (8 of 21) recorded client contacts peaked in August, reaching the highest client contact figures to date. Gone are the days when the summer represented a dip in workload and a short breathing space.