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Access to justice for litigants in person

How to improve access to justice for litigants in person

Objectives

The Working Party looked at how to improve access to justice for litigants in person; this was in the light of Government proposals to reform the civil justice system and legal aid.

Issues Considered

(1) To consider what steps could be taken to improve access to justice for litigants in person

(2) To consider what steps could be taken to prepare for the possibility that the number of litigants in person will increase materially

(3) To focus on steps that would not require material additional financial resources

(4) To consider the possibilities for further development of pro bono advice and assistance for litigants in person.

Deadline for Completion

On 11 November 2011 a report was published which made recommendations to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. A copy of the report can be found on the Self-Represented Litigants page of our website.

Members

  • Chair: Robin Knowles CBE, QC (a Council member of the CJC)

  • The Hon Mr Justice Ross Cranston

  • Amanda Finlay CBE, formerly of the Ministry of Justice (a Council member of the CJC)

  • Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE

  • Nick Hanning, Vice President, Institute of Legal Executives; immediate past Chair; ILEX Pro Bono Forum (also a partner in RWPS, a Legal Disciplinary Practice)

  • Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive of LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group)

  • Alison Lamb, Chief Executive of the RCJ Advice Bureau

  • District Judge Margaret Langley, Chair of the London Association of District Judges (also District Judge with responsibility for the Central London County Court Mediation Scheme)

  • Vicky Ling, Editor of the Legal Aid Handbook, member of the Law Consultancy Network (a Council member of the CJC)

  • Judith March (Director of the Personal Support Unit)

  • Rebecca Wilkie, Chief Executive of the Bar Pro Bono Unit

  • Peter Farr, Private Secretary to the Master of the Rolls

  • John Sorabji, Legal Secretary to the Master of the Rolls.

 

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