Tag Archives: Litigants in person

BOMBARDING THE COURT: AN IMPORTANT POSTSCRIPT

There is an important postscript to the judgment of Lady Justice King in Agarwala -v- Agarwala [2016] EWCA Civ 1252. It sets out the dangers of “bombarding” the court with communications and applications.   It sets out a course of action that may allow courts, in extreme cases, to cease to respond to communications from […]

LITIGANTS IN PERSON AND CASE MANAGEMENT: TIMELY SERVICE OF DOCUMENTS – DRAWING FROM THE FAMILY DIVISION

Recent cases have made it clear that litigants in person do not have any special status during the conduct of litigation. However it is equally clear that, when making case management decisions, the court has to have regard to the fact that a party is unrepresented.  Here we look at the rules relating to case […]

LITIGANTS IN PERSON INCREASE USE OF RESOURCES NOT SAVE THEM: COURT OF APPEAL DECISION

In Linder -v- Rawlins [2015] EWCA Civ 61 the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of a litigant in person appealing in relation to certain aspects of disclosure in a divorce petition.  What is particularly telling is that part of the judgment that deals with the increased costs that the absence of legal representation caused. […]

GUIDES FOR LITIGANTS IN PERSON, CLIENTS AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE LITIGATION PROCESS

The Court of Appeal today indicated that “more help” was needed for litigants in person. Here we look at the guidance that exists. LORD JUSTICE MOORE-BICK OBSERVED TODAY: In  R (Dinjan Hysaj) v Secretary of State for the Home Department The Civil Procedure Rules are available free on line on the web site of the […]