The Chief Executive of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service announced this week that litigants-in-person “have not actually increased the court budget or the demands on the court”. Some have suggested more unrepresented people have not lengthened proceedings as a whole.
I thought I’d have a look at the actual statistics and contemplate what that means for child welfare. Continue reading Where have all the parents gone?
After a busy week of helping litigants-in-person, there was finally the chance to watch the Panorama programme on how litigants-in-person have been affected by legal aid cuts. Continue reading Lifebelts and Litigants-in-Person
The court has been left with the unenviable task of finding solutions to the problem of cuts in legal aid. The court must act within the law, and while administering the law, meet its legal obligation to uphold an unrepresented party’s right to a fair hearing and respect for their family life. Continue reading Legal aid cuts, litigants-in-person, and exceptional funding