Research and Policy
With a potential housing court still being discussed, in amongst the court reform programme, we examine the implications for some of the most vulnerable users of the would be system.
Frustrations with the system and a lack of available advice resources can often manifest in disproportionate complaints about advice services and their staff and volunteers. An empirical investigation into the effects of complaints on public service employees by Dr Chris Gill, Carolyn Hirst, Dr Maria Sapouna and Jane Williams examines the effect this can have on workplaces.
The link between those seeking advice services and people with mental health problems is one the advice sector has long experienced, now mental health services are feeling the impact of their patient's advice needs not being met. A report by citizens advice demonstrates the extent of practitioner concern.
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 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.
Published 21/11/2018 by Laura Keane
As part of Justice Week, a research report commissioned by the Bar Council of England and Wales revealed that funding for Justice has been cut by 27% in the past decade despite government expenditure increasing by 13% since the 2008 financial crisis.
Published 16/11/2018 by Roisin O'Connell
The eleventh annual performance report on the Australian pro bono target has just been released by the Australian pro bono centre detailing the progress of the pro bono lawyers in Australia.
Published 11/10/2018 by Suhanya Jeyashiri
Since it’s implementation, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) has been met with vast amounts of controversy. It has left no free legal assistance stone unturned in its quest to cut funding for advice, and the consequent impact has been seismic.
A new programme of funded research on welfare advice, provision and health is seeking guidance on what areas to focus on from those wo work on the frontline.
Published 20/09/2018 by Christian Gunther
Triage tools, legal portals, guided pathways. Whatever the terminology, the use of technology to gather information from service users and signpost or refer them, based on that information given, to appropriate services is a much sought after resource. Getting the model right is an undeniable challenge but there are some good international examples of how to make the right technology work in the right situations.
Refugee Action’s most recent report focuses on how the legal aid cuts affect the accessibility of advice for individuals seeking assistance on immigration and asylum.
With thanks to our network member Emily MacLoud, this comprehensive overview gives an interesting insight into the approach Australia has taken to designing an encompassing national triage tool for LiPs.
The Indian Punjab and Haryana High Court has begun utilising IT to support litigants, lawyers and judges in a variety of ways.
In this entry we examine whether the UK should follow the American example of having a national agency that provides free and immediate legal assistance to survivors of disasters, as well as resources for lawyers and information for individuals on the legal implications of such disasters. This topic will be considered in light of the aftermath of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire.
We examine two programs developed by American universities that enable students to devise innovative solutions to problems faced by LiPs and we advocate for the pursuit of a similar approach in the UK.
Research suggests that those subject to proceedings under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 often fail to give witness testimony and may even be absent from their trial. This creates problems that are comparable to those arising for LiPs.
The approaches of Canadian law reformers are examined to find out how their insights could provide us with some fresh strategies for helping LiPs,
Recent research suggests that people are becoming alienated from the law and may even disengage with it altogether.
As a litigant in person, explaining your situation to a support or legal adviser you don’t know can be difficult. Compounding this anxiety is having to repeatedly give the same information to multiple service providers. Could data-sharing be the answer?
In an insightful comparative empirical study of the United Kingdom and Germany Naomi Creutzfeldt highlights how differing experiences of the formal legal system shape citizens' wider attitudes towards justice.