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The huge increase in litigants in person is a direct result of LASPO, not a rise in savvy litigants who simply choose to go it alone

11 May 2016

Ever since the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) and the resultant demise of legal aid, the new status quo has faced a great deal of criticism from family law practitioners, legal commentators and the like. The greatest damage of all though, has inarguably been done to the many individuals who can no longer benefit from state-funded legal advice when faced with most family-related legal issues

A recent House of Commons briefing paper 'Litigants in person: the rise of the self-represented litigant in civil and family cases', has highlighted the problems faced by those individuals, specifically those who must opt to represent themselves in family law proceedings.

The briefing paper reveals what is already apparent to those on the ground; a 22 per cent rise in proceedings involving children where neither party is represented b...

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