Litigant in person network goes live to co-ordinate support for access to justice

Network: judges and court staff part of group

The Litigant in Person Network – an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice – has gone live this week.

Coordinated by the Litigant in Person Support Strategy, the pilot project is supported by the Legal Education Foundation.

It said that while access to free legal advice and representation was getting more and more difficult, “innovation and progress in access to justice is happening everywhere”, but until now, “there has been no central, online platform where a wide range of interested professionals can share information”.

“There is consequently a risk that developments and resources are being missed, leading to duplication or gaps.”

The network is made up of cross-sector group of professionals (rather than litigants in person themselves) that includes members of the advice sector, legal professionals, academics, the judiciary, and court and tribunal staff.

The website forms a central platform for network members to find out about projects, resources, research and other content relating to access to legal advice and the legal system.

Writing for Legal Voice, development manager Ella Playfair said: “The network’s long-term vision is for actual and potential litigants in person to experience better support to manage their way through the legal system.

“We believe that through cross-sector networking, collaboration and shared and creative thinking, the network will be stronger and more effective in meeting the needs of vulnerable people.”

The Litigant in Person Support Strategy is a collaborative project involving Law for Life, LawWorks, the Personal Support Unit, RCJ Advice, the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Access to Justice Foundation.

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