Litigants in Person: lifelong stories of fighting for principles and common sense @MoJUK

Bruce Jones is the freelance author of this article in the Colour Magazine of The Observer: I fought the law: meet the super-litigants. Some people who represent themselves in court spend months, even years, battling for justice. So why do they go on? Here are four who refused to give up 

And they all thought they would get justice!

Once you fall foul of an official body, all the others conspire against you: Peter Oakes

At the beginning I felt bewildered’: Elizabeth Watson at home. Her case file now runs to over 1,000 pages.

I thought if I could prove the police had treated me badly, I could be a vet again’: Maurice Kirk – currently crash landed in Kenya – in a rally from Crete to South Africa in historic planes;

I just wanted them to admit they should never have done it.’ Julia McClaren

Victims learn from experience. If they don’t give up, kill themselves or die, they become

  • litigants in person after feeling let down by the legal profession;
  • starfighters because they want to look at themselves in the mirror;
  • campaigners and activists when they join the dots and spot the pattern of issues at stake – such as the human rights, the right to oral hearings, the right to take notes in public galleries, the right to record hearings, the abuse of Police Bail, the secrecy of family courts;
  • pro bono McKenzie Friends to help others;
  • Public Interest Advocates when they see bigger and bigger pictures and set up Help4LiPs for example.

And here an excellent comment:

Dear Sirs

An article of this nature has been long awaited by the public.Thank you to Mr. Jones for doing a good job, and thank you to the Guardian for publishing. Hopefully, there can be more on the same subject because there are thousands of people who are being cheated and deceived by those involved in every area of the legal system, and the public wants it exposed and stopped.

Terrible things are happening. It is true that these victims of legal dirty tricks are being conspired against. Serious crime is being committed and concealed by corrupt entities in the judiciary and legal system, and every area of public life – notably police and politicians. In the case of real estate theft, the Land Registry is involved up to its neck. As usual, police refuse to investigate, preferring to log simply solved crimes, such as break and enter and assault, to get their figures up. Plebs don’t matter, especially if crimes against them involve complex white collar crime that police are incapable of investigating with the limited unqualified resources that they have. Rather than ask for more resources, I suggest that perhaps they have a sweetheart arrangement with the Home Office and Treasury to the effect that they don’t need to investigate these crimes if they happen to plebs, but only if they happen to the government or a prominent member of society. In return, they are underfunded and allowed not to do their jobs, despite their obligations to the taxpayer and international conventions against serious organised crime that the British government is party to.

There is not even a category for reporting white collar crimes, such as fraud to the National Statistician.

A whistle blower and Nottingham resident who exposed child sexual abuse, Melanie Shaw, has been imprisoned, WITHOUT ANY CHARGES OR COURT HEARING, in Foston Hall, Utoxeter. She has been kept in solitary confinement for seven months, and has no idea why she is there. She is not the only one that has been made to “disappear”. Obviously, a lot of people must be involved in order to do these things to people so completely and covertly.

“If we bring in Melanie Shaw – the very brave whistleblower from Beechwood children’s home. This lady’s crime has been to speak out about her own abuse, and that of hundreds of other children.

She has said, and consistently maintained that children were murdered at Beechwood, and in other children’s homes. She has an excellent memory. We can now say she’s now sixteen weeks into Foston Hall, a Utoxeter Prison. She’s been on remand. Nobody of her close associates and lay legal advisors can get near her. She’s had no visits. She’s been in segregation. And from two brief phone calls she’s said that she’s been threatened by prison staff.

That includes staff in riot gear coming into her cell and threatening rape. And I have to say to our audience today that in making these statements Melanie has been totally measured. She has not appear in court. She’s only been allowed to appear via video link. And she has to endure a court imposed legal team who she’s tried to sack at least once. And that imposed legal team has prevented any contact from the lay legal advisors that Melanie wants to help defend her.”

There are even more horrific stories than this, if you can possibly imagine. We would like to see them published, and trust that you will consider it.

So called “British values” of truth, honesty, integrity, and justice have long been flushed ‘down the toilet’. People are waking up to this fact, and are becoming aware of what goes on behind the scenes in the murky world of officialdom. Mr. Jones and the Guardian have shown sensitivity to the public mood, perhaps because of public sympathy for Assange, Snowden, and Manning, and the public’s demand for truth. Rachel Oldroyd of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism recognised that the media has been deaf to the public mood and that the media got it wrong about Trump: So far, most mainstream media has been operating with blinkers on. Thousands of people write to the media every day about the kind of injustices covered in Mr. Jones’ article and, apart from his article and the two articles by Mr. Phillip Inman concerning the conspiracy against the late Patrick Cullinane, virtually no truth-revealing articles are published in the mainstream media unless they are on the side of those conspiring against these people. Please see this excellent article by Phillip Inman

The government is doing everything possible to prohibit freedom of speech and, despite the Leveson Inquiry’s adverse effect on journalism, journalists have been slow to realise that they are being squeezed out. In many cases, social media is doing a better job and gaining professionalism as it goes.

The people want truth, justice, and exposure of corruption, which is rife in public life. Corruption and lack of government concern for the ordinary people – the 99% – is rapidly taking society back to Dickensian times. The government will have to pay the piper, even if it means bloodshed. Enough is enough.

Thank you again for this article. We would like to see a regular column about injustice and corruption, and do hope you will please consider it. I can put you in touch with victims. For more information on Melanie Shaw and those who are silencing her and trying to break down her mental health, please contact Brian Gerrish, who is copied into this email (above).

Yours sincerely,



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8 Responses to Litigants in Person: lifelong stories of fighting for principles and common sense @MoJUK

  1. peter oakes says:

    The Observer ran a ” comments ” item, and a very silly stupid idiot

    made a comment we should get over it. How can you place a value on the
    lives of millions of our citizens that perished
    in two world wars fighting tyranny and corruption? It is because of these idiots
    Jimmy Savile and his ilk indulged in Satanic Ritual Abuse of Children ! Is that worth
    fighting ? or should we turn a blind eye ?

    I will fight to my last breath fighting bent police ( it,s not the constables it,s the hierachy )
    like Suptd. Gordon Anglesea, just banged up for 12 years after 20 years avoiding justice
    by help from his masonic mates. The ” legal mafia ” the public live in La La Land whilst
    up to their necks in evil see: Satanic Ritual Abuse. Maranatha Community the usual
    suspects are exposed Para 4. Networks. And now the Football diversion to scupper
    the Child Sex Abuse Inquiry. Google: ” The laugh NSW police ”

    Thats right ! they are taking the p– s out of you treating you with the contempt you deserve

  2. colinberry2 says:

    Well, I can see me losing my life trying to get justice for my wife, the only wrong we had done was to demand a trial, for Costco nearly killed the both of us shopping there by dropping four washing machines two of which fell from 30 feet hitting my wife causing her brain injury and fractured three of her vertebrae. I blame the British people for allowing such a corrupted system to be establish in this country.

    Basically blackmailing us to accept what they had decided on or face the consequences, by principal we believe we deserve our day in court. After nearly been flattened due to their negligence, I believe we deserve a public apology, I don’t think it’s that much to ask, being a 24 seven carer for my wife for the rest of her life isn’t much to ask.

  3. Colin Peters says:

    I am saddened and dismayed that my good friend, and friend to many others, Patrick Cullinane, has not been featured in this article, particularly so since Philip Inman of the Guardian has run articles concerning the injustice which he endured at the hands of a corrupt judiciary. Despite having his own corner to fight against the ‘system’, he was a fearless and tireless fighter on behalf of others who had suffered injustice and deserved recognition for his efforts as a common law lawyer who fought so hard and earnestly to help others.

    For myself, I have been through the court of appeal in London and witnessed for myself that the higher up one goes within the satanic ‘system’, the greater the resistance to justice becomes, Since then, I have tried in a local court to have the outcome driven judgement of Arthur Hutchinson set aside on the grounds that it was obtained by fraud, without success. Like many others I know that I will not be allowed success purely because the ‘system’ is so corrupt.

  4. peter oakes says:

    Sorry Colinberry2. I can feel your pain and confusion ! everything you placed your
    faith and trust in, is totally corrupted. The public know, but they don,t know what is
    wrong, hence the reason for Brexit and of course Donald Trump who is going
    to “drain the swamp ” We should start with the House of Consmen of all parties

    How we got in this mess I do not known but millions of our relatives died for
    absolutely nothing ! and the civic big wig drivel turn up every November 11th
    shedding crocodile tears utter scum, I am bereft of words ,my vocabulary
    fails me. how can the public be so stupid.? swallowing this drivel of the

    • colinberry2 says:

      Thanks Peter, is nice to get some sort of reply, I’m so accustomed now to be totally ignored. as if nobody cares.

      • Jake Maverick says:

        yes that is true…but it’s not because we don’t care….it is often just impossible to know what to say…and unable to ‘help’ ourselves let alone anybody else…

        i had pigyob around here this evening making threats again….oddly just a single one this time (even more oddly name provided this time PC Jacqueline Smith and wasn’t afraid to show ID), but i’m expecting them back in force at any time…..i would have killed myself already if i weren’t such a coward. wishing i had punched the bitch/ arrested her now, at least attempted to….but even then I doubt I would still be able to get a Court date…..

        but you and the rest of are up against the entire state…..and that effectively is at least 99.9% of the population……what hope is there? i always thought if there is a change in the media Guardian would be the best bet….it’s a start, but such a watered down article to say the least….

  5. Ismail Abdulhai Bhamjee says:


    Any Person who is a Litigant in Person, He/She is entitled to get an Order for Costs before any Court or Tribunal in the United Kingdom.

    1. Section 2 of the Evidence Act 1845:-
    All Courts, Judges, Justices, Masters in Chancery, Masters of Courts, Commissioners Judicial Acting, and other Judicial Officers, shall henceforth take Judicial Notice of the signature of the equity or Common Law Judges of the Superior Courts at Westminster provided such signature be attached or appended to any decree, Order, certificate or other Judicial or Official document.

    2. The Interpretation Act 1978 Section 3. Every Act is a Public Act to be Judicially notices as such, unless the contrary is expressly provided by this Act.

    3. Section 49 (2) (b) of the Senior Courts Act 1981

    4. Section 23, 38, 76 of the County Courts Act 1984.

    5. The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 Section 50 and 51 this is binding on the Courts and Tribunals, whilst this Act is not mentioned in the CPR Part 54 Rules.

    6. The CPR 52-30, this isn’t mentioned in the CPR Part 54 Rules

    7. Lord Justice Brooke who has retired, He has left some problems for Litigants in Person with Civil Restraint Orders, when He didn’t check the bundle of the documents which had a Court Order dated the 12th July 1988 before Her Hon Miss C. A. Calvert QC leave of the Court to file a Petition for Foreign Decree (Talaq) and the Decision of Dunoon Developments Ltd Versus Secretary of State and Poole District Council which was decided in the Court of Appeal in the year 1992.
    The Retired Lord Justice Brooke in another Judgment does mention of Section 27 (2A)< 28 (2A) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990, whilst He has left out Section 27 (7) (8A) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990, since some sections are not printed and Published in the White Book Service Volume 2, before the year 2006.

    8. There is Section 119 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.

    9. The Local Authority they do have the Legal Right for Audience before the County Court, there is no need for them to Instruct a Counsel-Barrister, as they have an Overriding Duty for the Welfare of the Children,

    10. There is Section 55 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 Second Appeals to the Court of Appeal.
    There are many Citizens- Litigants in Persons who are being turned away that the Court of Appeal have no Jurisdiction Power under Section 54 of the Access to Justice Act 1999, this is Mal-administration.

    11. There are many Commonwealth Countries which have obtained Independence from the United Kingdom, as some Lawyers-Barristers and Court Officers are acting unlawfully when they have no Legal Right to Vote in any type of elections in the commonwealth Country.
    This does amount to Bad Faith, Official Misconduct in Public Office at Common Law and Harassment under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997 and the Equality Act 2010, Harassment, Discrimination and Intimidation

    Lazarous Estates Ltd Versus Beasley PLC [1956] 1 QB 702 Fraud and Misrepresentation

    Yours Faithfully

    Ismail Abdulhai Bhamjee

  6. Jake Maverick says:

    I’m just gobsmacked that an MSM tool has actually published that! Well done to them…I just hope it’s the start of more to come….as watered down as it was. Also a shame that I only just seen that article….comments are closed but mine mostly get censored anyway.

    Still ongoing for me to 😦 My ‘life’ still hasn’t really started yet.

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