This workshop was presented by Carmen O’Loughlin and Jovana Ugrinic from the Support Through Court (STC) charity (formerly PSU or Personal Support Unit). As co-chair of the Resolution Litigants in Person Committee, I had a keen interest in hearing more about the service.
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Here you can find Resolution's collection of Good Practice Guides designed to advise our members of good practice when carrying out their work.
Resolution's Litigants in Person Committee has produced these top tips for members who are working with LiPs covering communication, court proceedings and managing client expectations.
Self-representing oneself in court can be a difficult and stressful process. Resolution's Litigants in Person Committee is proud to share these straight forward top tips designed for people without legal representation.
Supporting litigants in person - how Support Through Court helps and how they can help you in your work.
There is no decline in the rising numbers of self-litigating parties, and practitioners need to be aware of the factors – and rules - involved.
You can apply for a divorce if you have been married for more than a year and can show that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. Currently this is done by proving one of five facts – adultery, behaviour, desertion, 2 years separation with consent, or 5 years separation.
It is important when getting divorced, or when dissolving a civil partnership, to consider the financial issues that arise out of the separation such as (a) what will happen to any house, or investments, you and your spouse or civil partner own (b) how should any pensions be divided between you and (c) what financial support will be provided going forward.
When a relationship breaks down to the point that going to court seems like the only option Resolution would always advise seeking help and representation from one of our members (see the Find a Law Professional tab at the top of the screen).
However we understand that this not always possible and that sometimes you have to represent yourself in court.
With the advent of the global pandemic hearings in the Family Court are increasingly being held remotely by telephone or on video conferencing software. This guide is designed to help you through the process and includes helpful information on how to prepare for the hearing, how to join a hearing and what to do during the hearing.
As with most things in life, there are positives and negatives of McKenzie Friends, as personal experience and the case law show.
Whilst studying at law school, I volunteered for the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) as a McKenzie Friend, assisting victims of domestic abuse in obtaining non-molestation and occupation orders in the courts. This gave me a personal insight into how the work of McKenzie Friends can be invaluable.
Feedback on the Judicial Executive Board’s consultation on McKenzie Friends shows there is still a broad range of views on the current position and possible changes. So what are the ground rules?
Resolution members have increasingly found they must work with litigants in person (LiPs).
In this article we address some key questions you may have when working with litigants in person and provide some top tips for communicating with your client when a litigant in person is involved.
Making sure LiPs know the purpose of individual hearings on the day, as well as – more generally – understanding their point of view, can help them without compromising our client’s best interests
Subject to the rules on vexatious litigants, anyone is entitled to act in person. However, there is a tendency to treat people who do as a nuisance. With the reforms to family justice, cut backs on legal aid and changes in behaviour in relation to the ways in which people approach family relationship breakdown, it is increasingly likely that you will deal with litigants in person and you should consider how your dealings will differ from those with another lawyer.
The Litigants in Person (LiPs) Committee was set up to respond to the increasing number of LiPs in the family justice system. They help members working with LiPs and they help LiPs with information to improve their experience of the system.