LITIGANTS in person will receive greater help in the High Court after the Lord Chancellor handed over £130,000 to boost services offered by the Citizens Advice Bureau.
The grant, offered to the Royal Courts of Justice over two years, comes after a working party chaired by Lord Justice Otton identified the CAB as in need of additional cash.
It comes as one of a raft of proposals being developed by Lord Mackay for improved targeting of legal aid resources.
The grant also complies with the recommendations of civil justice reformer Lord Woolf, who proposed a transfer of responsibility for the management of civil cases from litigants in person and their legal advisers to the court.
“I welcome the opportunity to build on the helpful services already provided by the CABx at the RCJ to help litigants in person with their cases,” said Mackay.
“I plan to introduce a number of initiatives to improve access to justice and will be looking to see how this extended service develops and fits in with my other proposals.”
The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Taylor, said he hoped the enhanced service at the RCJ's bureau would encourage similar action in other areas and Otton's proposal for increased provision of pro bono advice would also be tackled.