Litigants in person—pre-action protocols, statements of case and CPR 36
Produced in partnership with Phil Roberts of Clarke Willmott
Litigants in person—pre-action protocols, statements of case and CPR 36

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—pre-action protocols, statements of case and CPR 36
  • Pre-action protocols
  • Professional negligence
  • Judicial review
  • Inadequate pleading and amending statements of case
  • CE-File electronic working
  • Part 36 offers
  • Business and Property Courts—the disclosure pilot scheme

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

Note: 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—general considerations, resources and regulators' guidance

  4. Litigants in person—terminology and representation

  5. Litigants in person—applications and orders

  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

Pre-action protocols

The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims applies to claims by businesses (including sole traders) against individuals (including sole traders). Although there is no specific mention of litigants in person within this protocol, it is likely to affect many litigants in person given the

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