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Litigant in person’s “tittle tattle” claim needs a proper hearing, says judge

A litigant in person’s contentious probate claim, part of which was dismissed by a High Court master as “no more than tittle tattle”, needs a proper hearing, a judge has decided. Andrew Sutcliffe QC, sitting as a High Court judge, said the claimant did not have “proper notice” that she was facing an application for summary judgment.

April 5th, 2018 | No Comments »

Appeal judges reject recusal demands by litigant-in-person

The Court of Appeal has rejected recusal demands from a litigant-in-person, who argued that not only should a recorder hearing her case have recused himself but the lord justice who heard her appeal should do the same.

December 21st, 2017 | 1 Comment »

County court adjournments increasing, Law Society research suggests

The number of cases being adjourned in the country court is increasing, research by the Law Society has suggested. The most popular reason given for delays was the hearing being double booked, but litigants in person also featured prominently.

September 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

Court of Appeal : LiPs can benefit from ‘without prejudice’ rule without knowing what it means

Litigants in person can benefit from the ‘without prejudice’ rule even if they do not know what it means, the Court of Appeal has made clear. Lord Justice Vos said although it may be more difficult to determine whether meetings with LiPs were without prejudice, they should be viewed “in the round”.

January 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

Further court fee hikes “a denial of access to justice”, CJC says

A further round of court fee increases would amount to a “denial of access to justice”, the Civil Justice Council has warned. The CJC said individuals and small business would be hit particularly hard as it joined in the outspoken opposition from across the legal profession.

October 5th, 2015 | No Comments »

Court of Appeal: litigants in person may get help with relief from sanctions, but only “at the margins”

The fact that an individual or a company is a litigant in person is not a reason for the “disapplication” of court orders, rules and directions, appeal judges have ruled.

January 5th, 2015 | No Comments »

Employment tribunal did research on Wikipedia “to help litigant in person”

An employment tribunal which decided to carry out its own internet research, apparently to help a litigant in person, has been condemned by Mr Justice Langstaff, president of the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

November 20th, 2014 | No Comments »

Growing LiPs crisis forces government to unveil £2m advice support package

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has tacitly acknowledged the sharp growth in litigants in person (LiPs) in the civil and family courts by unveiling a £2m package of support aimed at keeping disputes away from court and supporting LiPs if they do get that far.

October 24th, 2014 | No Comments »

Supreme Court refuses to hear litigant-in-person negligence appeal

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a litigant in person who sued her solicitors for negligence and whose claim included the grounds that she suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome.

August 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

Judges’ morale plummets in face of growing number of litigants in person

The morale of the judiciary is at an “all-time low” with increasing numbers of litigants in person and “savage” cuts to their remuneration package, the new president of the Association of Her Majesty’s District Judges has warned.

March 27th, 2013 | 4 Comments »