Research & Reports
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The digitisation of the court process will fundamentally change how litigants in person interact, not just with the courts, but with the whole legal process.
New American research will investigate the use of “non-lawyer” personnel (sometimes dubbed “navigators” or those who fill “roles beyond lawyers”) in supporting litigants in person.
Led by Professor Karim Benyekhlef, Director of the Cyberjustice Laboratory, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) Partnership Grants program, ACT aims to increase access to justice through the use of artificial intelligence (AI).
The UK Administrative Justice Institute have written a blog post on the recent report by the National Audit Office's independent review of Universal Credit, in particular the observation that the Department for Work and Pensions has resisted accepting the accumulating evidence on hardship caused by delays and sanctions in the administration of Universal Credit. How can researchers help to counter this politicisation of evidence?
Australia are looking to redress the problem of restricted funding for free legal advice by targeting services to those in greatest need. With half the population experiencing a legal problem each year the challenge is in identifying these individuals so that services can be designed appropriately to meet their needs. This paper form the Law And Justice Foundation of New South Wales looks at one methodology for identification by geographic location.
A survey of 2,080 people by YouGov found that 78% would not know how to bring a claim for damages without legal support if the changes contained in the Civil Liability Bill go through.
A report jointly commissioned by The Legal Education Foundation and The Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores the role of the law and access to legal services (or lack thereof) in creating pathways into, and out of, destitution.
Recently published research by The Law Foundation of Ontario examines the role of intermediaries in connecting people to legal information and legal help.
Margaret Hagen, Lecturer at Stanford Law School and Director of Stanford Legal Design Lab has produced a paper with suggestions on how courts may make themselves more usable for litigants in person.
For anyone interested in trying to tell their story using maps, Alison Davis-Holland, GIS/Data Manager at the Self-Represented Litigation Network in the US, has written an article explaining how to use effective symbology to make a powerful first impression.
Nationwide survey of debt advisers looking to inform policy-making and develop new solutions
The report ‘Meeting the information needs of litigants in person’, commissioned by the Civil Justice Council from Law for Life’s Advicenow team followed the 2011 Civil Justice Council report ‘Access to Justice for Litigants in Person’. The report makes three key recommendations: - Put litigants in person at the centre of legal information production, - Fill topic gaps by producing effective LiP focused materials, - Build the capacity and expertise of those involved in producing public legal information. It includes a practical quick start guide on how to produce LIP-centred public legal information, drawing on best practice and lessons from other sectors and jurisdictions. Also interesting for many will be the individual survey responses from judges and litigants in person contained in the appendices. Law for Life welcomes feedback on the report and suggestions for future additions. You can get in touch here: https://www.advicenow.org.uk/contact