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  • In brief: A fact-finding hearing involving two parties who were not legally represented (neither could afford lawyers and both were ineligible for legal aid). The judge made a number of telling observations about the implications of the lack of legal aid for litigants in terms of preparation, process and outcome. Judgment, 15/05/2018, free
  • It is essential for the proper administration of family justice that those who lack capacity to litigate in the Family Court are quickly identified, assessed, and supported. To that end, the Family Justice Council has released guidance in order to assist Judges in the Family Court to resolve capacity issues concerning parties to family law proceedings. News, 27/04/2018, free
  • Our latest webcast looks at the practical and legal issues faced by legal professionals acting in cases involving litigants in person. News, 07/02/2018, free
  • Appeal by mother against decision to refuse to allow her chosen McKenzie Friend to participate in proceedings. Appeal dismissed. The judgment contains a useful review of the legal framework surrounding McKenzie Friends in family cases. Judgment, 29/06/2017, free
  • Statement, published on 30 December 2016, promises decision on review of PD12J in early 2017. News, 03/01/2017, free

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