Litigants in person—general considerations, resources and regulators' guidance
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—general considerations, resources and regulators' guidance
  • General considerations
  • Law Society guidance
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority Standards and Regulations
  • Resources for litigants in person
  • Using IT, remote hearings and e-filing
  • E-filing
  • Remote hearings
  • Equal treatment bench book
  • Business and Property Courts—the disclosure pilot scheme

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

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—case management and relief from sanctions

  2. Litigants in person—trial and non-attendance

  3. Litigants in person—applications and orders

  4. Litigants in person—terminology and representation

  5. Litigants in person—pre-action protocols, statements of case and CPR 36

  6. Litigant in person costs—general principles

  7. Litigant in person costs—procedure

  8. Litigant in person costs—costs management and budgeting

  9. Litigant in person costs—financial loss and hourly rates

General considerations

The reduction of publically-funded cases, the increase in the small claims limit and poor economic conditions have contributed towards a sharp rise in the number of litigants in person who use the court system today. Some litigants in person will be experienced in litigation

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