How can lawyers learn to love litigants in person?

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  • How can you learn to love LIPS?
    Help us complete our site:
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    Direct LIPS to the relevant part: and realise that LIPS go to Law expecting Justice, more than Legal Process, which is what they get.

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  • If lawyers don't know how to handle LIPs by now then they are pretty poor at their job, to say the least.

    LIPs have been complaining for years that they are bullied and misled by opposing lawyers at court. Will these fine words change attitudes, hardly.

    Those many lawyers who hector LIPs and misinform them at court to gain advantage for their client will of course continue to do so unabated, the fine words are window dressing only.

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  • Specialists develop specialist use of language that is easily mis-understood by others outside the specialist circle.

    A very simple example is the use of the phrase: "Costs are awarded to". Think about this phrase for a minute in any context other than the law where there is an "award" and you may begin to understand how a LiP can easily feel mis-informed, mis-lead and mis-judged.

    Any large scale operation creates an induction process for its new-hires. A LiP is bereft of such an orientation and guide at the moment.

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  • I feel Zoe is playing devil's advocate when in fact some of the most ardent opposers of LiP's appear to belong to her Chambers. LiP's don't want affection they want justice and the sooner the judiciary acquaint themselves with the fact that these less informal courts were established to indeed assist LiP's then they will realise that either they should be eradicated as an unnecessary and expensive alternative tier in the judicial system while leaving dissenting judges and barristers to join the ranks of the formal court settings complete with their wigs and gowns.

    One final point, had many tribunals not resisted implementing Sir Andrew Leggatts full recommendations for tribunal reform, which puts LiP's at the heart of an improved service then they would have been well prepared to deal with the rising numbers of LiP's attending court as a result of the diminishing legal aid system.

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  • Litigant in person involved in fraud and divorce proceedings

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  • After a very recent case where I represented my self, i found that barristers even-though presented with evidence which is damaging to there own case, use bullying and far reaching law to harass a LIP in attempts to discourage LIP's from defending there case. When being an LIP, be prepared, calm and do your research, as an LIP no one will know your case better than your self, be methodical,stay calm, work with the opposition barrister, and stick to the points in the issues you will know the case better than them.

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