Litigants in person—case management and relief from sanctions
Produced in partnership with Phil Roberts of Clarke Willmott

The following Dispute Resolution practice note produced in partnership with Phil Roberts of Clarke Willmott provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Litigants in person—case management and relief from sanctions
  • Case management generally
  • Track specific case management
  • Fast track and multi-track
  • Small claims track
  • Allocation and directions questionnaires
  • Relief from sanctions, non-compliance with court orders and defects in service
  • Business and Property Courts—the disclosure pilot scheme
  • Court specific guidance

Litigants in person—case management and relief from sanctions

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.

This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with Practice Notes:

  1. Case management—court's powers—Dispute Resolution

  2. Case management—compliance

  3. Relief from sanctions—when (and when not) to use

  4. Relief from sanctions—the courts’ approach

  5. Relief from sanctions—the application

  6. Relief from sanctions—illustrative decisions

The Master of the Rolls issued guidance in March 2013, entitled Terminology for Litigants in Person, to clarify the correct terminology to be used to refer to individuals who conduct legal proceedings on their own behalf. The guidance directs that the term 'litigant in person' should be the sole term used to describe individuals who conduct legal proceedings on their own behalf and the term 'self-represented litigant' should not be used. Note, however, that the term 'self represented litigant' and 'unrepresented litigant' continues to be used in some parts of the CPR. For more information on terminology, see Practice Note: Litigants in person—terminology and representation.

For more information on issues concerning litigants in person, also see Practice Notes:

  1. Litigants in person—applications and orders

  2. Litigants in person—trial and non-attendance

  3. Litigants in person—general considerations, resources and regulators' guidance

  4. Litigants in person—terminology and representation

  5. Litigants in person—pre-action

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