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Monday, 15 December 2014

litigants in person in private family law casesOn 27 November the Ministry of Justice published the report of a major study of litigants in person in private family law cases. The project was conducted by a large team of researchers from several universities, including Joanna Miles.

This study was designed to develop the evidence base on litigants in person in private family law cases, including their behavioural drivers, experiences and support needs, and impact on the court prior to the implementation of legal aid reforms in April 2013. Fieldwork was conducted between January and March 2013. The study delivered primarily qualitative evidence. The researchers sampled 151 private law family cases where a hearing was observed, the court file examined and parties and professionals interviewed. To provide wider context, focus groups were also held with judges, court staff and lawyers.

The report can be accessed via the Minstry website.