Litigants in person are getting a raw deal. Catherine Baksi reports

There have always been litigants who have, for a variety of reasons, represented themselves in court proceedings.

But the number of litigants in person – the judicially accepted phrase for parties who are not represented by a lawyer in court proceedings – has risen hugely since the changes to the scope of civil and family legal aid are introduced by the coalition government in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).

This has put added pressures on judges and the court system; and increased the workload of lawyers acting for clients in cases where the other side is unrepresented.

In 2014, the government’s spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, estimated that the in...

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