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  • Writer's pictureRobert Spicer

Litigants in person

Litigants in person

Most intelligent, reasonably articulate, literate and averagely educated people can make a start on legal proceedings themselves. They can draft letters of claim, fill out forms and prepare witness statements. But as court or tribunal proceedings roll along, they find themselves increasingly trapped in a fog of procedural technicalities. These technical rules are less complex than they used to be, but they remain hugely difficult to cope with, especially when the litigant in person is up against ruthless and experienced lawyers. As a judge is reported to have commented to an unrepresented claimant in an industrial injury case, you have plunged into the icy waters of English legal procedure.

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