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Is there a rule in the Civil Procedure Rules or elsewhere that states that a litigant in person should not contact their legally represented opponent directly?

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Published on LexisPSL on 24/02/2020

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  • Is there a rule in the Civil Procedure Rules or elsewhere that states that a litigant in person should not contact their legally represented opponent directly?

Is there a rule in the Civil Procedure Rules or elsewhere that states that a litigant in person should not contact their legally represented opponent directly?

The term ‘litigant in person’ is the term used to describe individuals who exercise their right to conduct legal proceedings on their own behalf. See guidance Terminology for Litigants in Person.

Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) do not set out the basis for communications between parties in general terms. Although CPR 6.7 makes provision for service on solicitors for the defendant where this has been notified, and CPR 6.23 provides for addresses for service to be provided and for documents to

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