Litigant in Person Engagement Group
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.
The group’s main role will be to assist the Reform programme in the design of the tribunal/civil/family/crime justice service model and in reviewing and validating product design and delivery. It will bring a unique perspective to the process, involving those engaged in helping LIPs navigate the justice system.
• To contribute towards an understanding of the LIP and advice/pro bono sector perspectives when considering the new service models.
• To provide feedback, including any concerns/challenge, on the design, usability and delivery of products created within projects and linked programmes (such as the Common Platform Programme) for the tribunal/civil/family/criminal justice systems and, where appropriate, for other jurisdictions as well.
• To attend and support workshops as and when deemed appropriate.
• To convene smaller meetings of the group to discuss specific issues when necessary, and drawing in external advice sector/pro bono expertise for specific issues or tasks
• To be a conduit for consistent communication with the advice and pro bono sectors on the Reform Programme, to assist national and local agencies understand the aims of the Programme and how changes will impact on services and court and tribunal users.
• To provide a verbal or written reports, as appropriate, on progress and current thinking when requested.
• To provide timely feedback on items presented to the Group out of committee by email when required.
• When appropriate, to discuss the proposals presented to the LIPEG with other members of the voluntary sector and to seek their views and opinions.
Reporting, Governance & Frequency of meetings:
Initially once every two months, or as business dictates.
The LIPEG will report into and receive commissions from the Senior Presiding Judge, the Judicial Steering Group and HMCTS.
LIP EG Engagement Group Membership List
Mr Justice Robin Knowles CBE - Chair, judicial representative
Sidonie Kingsmill - HMCTS Customer Director
Liz Richmond - HMCTS Deputy Director - User Experience
Fiona Rutherford - HMCTS Deputy Director, Business Strategy, and Service Design Lead
Clare Galloway - HMCTS Head of Civil Jurisdiction – Courts and Tribunals Development Directorate (and service manager for Online Court project)
Nicola Kefford - (Secretariat) HMCTS Public User Engagement
Noel Arnold - Director of Legal Practice, Coram Children’s Legal Centre
Katherine Barry - Expert Advice Lead, Citizens Advice
Ruth Daniel - CEO, Access to Justice Foundation
Paul Bryson/ Nick Gallagher - Coordinator (Bristol)/CEO, PSU
Nick Hanning - Chairman, CILEX Pro Bono Trust
Steve Johnson - CEO, AdviceUK
Meg van Rooyen - Policy Manager, Money Advice Trust
Matthew Smerdon - CEO, Legal Education Foundation
Rebecca Wilkie - LIP Support Strategy
Lisa Wintersteiger - CEO, Law for Life (including Advicenow)
Craig Lane (Citizens Advice Cymru) - Wales representative, nominated by Welsh Government
Ruth Thompson & Jessica Bull - Judicial Office
Peter Farr - Judicial Office