The thorn in the eye of the legal professionals, Litigants in Person run the risk of being labelled “vexatious litigant”.
But also THE opportunity for strengthening one’s character and one’s ability to help others and get help from others, eventually to make a difference to a system of financial exploitation and legal oppression.
Here are some links that may help:
This is a very technical paper:
And here is an academic report of 275 pages . It covers cases from four courts with this Contents:
2. Cases and unrepresented litigants
3. The characteristics of unrepresented litigants and their
4. Difficult and Obsessive litigants
5. A comparison of activity on cases with and without
6. Nature of Participation
7. Errors on cases where unrepresented litigants participated
8. Problems for unrepresented litigants
9. The judicial role when handling unrepresented litigants
10. The role of court staff
11. What can we say about how cases ended?
12. Summary and Discussion
The Executive Summary ends by saying “Court staff and judges perceived that improvements could be made in the way that unrepresented litigants were handled.”
The report starts with by citing Lord Woolf:
Only too often the litigant in person is regarded as a problem for judges and for the court system rather than the person for whom the system of civil justice exists. The true problem is the court system and its procedures which are still too often inaccessible and incomprehensible to ordinary people. (Woolf (1995), Chapter 17, para. 2.)
The more experienced victims become McKenzie Friends and we encourage them to become McKenzie Angels to help others.