More support for litigants in person in the future

Last month, Minister of State for Justice Simon Hughes announced that £2 million has been set aside towards a package of support for LIPs, with the apparent primary aim of resolving disputes without the involvement of the courts, but also supporting LiPs if their disputes do make it to the courts. That’s what various legal publications published. The Guardian, however, spoke of 1.4 million per year.

The funding is intended for the following:

  • Expansion of the Personal Support Unit (currently only present at a few locations in the UK);
  • The RCJ Advice Bureau (which helps claimants and defendants at the High Court or Court of Appeal at the Royal Court of Justice & County Courts across England and Wales, the family court at the Principal Registry of the Family Division or any other family court, and
    the bankruptcy court at the Royal Court of Justice);
  • LawWorks (he country’s leading legal pro bono charity for solicitors, in-house counsel, mediators and students); and
  • Law for Life, a public legal education charity.

This initiative is the result of the November 2011 report “Access to Justice for Litigants in Person (or self-represented litigants)“.



The ideas that laws are based on

Go ahead and explore! This dude is great. He sparkles. Particularly if you are going to court on your own, or thinking about it, and have never done anything like that before, watching some episodes of this Justice course on YouTube will give you a better perspective.

It shows you something about the reasoning behind laws, reveals ideas you had not thought of yet. It shows you that you may feel you are right, but that it can be a matter of perspective. The person you think has wronged you may feel just as strongly that he or she is right and that you are the one who went wrong. It helps to understand that. It can mean that you don’t need to have to go to court at all.

The net begins to close on the Westminster paedophile ring

Originally posted on David Hencke:

As the child  sex abuse inquiry starts to take soundings from survivors a very serious development has happened for those who hoped to keep the Westminster paedophile ring dead and buried forever.

A brave survivor who has never talked to the police decided to take his courage in his hands and talk to the Met about his horrendous experiences in Dolphin Square where sexual abuse of young boys is alleged to have been combined with sadistic practices.

The survivor who has been given the name ” Nick” to protect his identity. The full story by my colleagues on Exaro was published last weekend in both the Sunday People. You can both read it in full and hear an interview with  him by editor Mark Watts  and my colleague Mark Conrad on the Exaro website.

Suffice to say they have been rumours of dark events at Dolphin Square, used for years…

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Case Law: Hegglin v Persons Unknown and Google, Data Protection Battle Costs set to hit £2.36 million – Media Lawyer

Angelina Souren:

Privacy is a cultural concept. Privacy does not mean the same in the US as it does in the UK and it does not mean the same in the UK as it does in the Netherlands and it does not mean the same in the Netherlands as it does in Hong Kong.

That’s a challenging idea.

Originally posted on Inforrm's Blog:

Google--007A battle between a Hong Kong-based businessman and internet search giant Google is set to cost some £2.36 million by the time it reaches the end of a five-day trial set for later this month, according to figures given to a High Court judge.

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UN scrutiny: possible human rights violations in UK of people with disabilities

The UK is under scrutiny by a UN inquiry into violations of the rights of people with disabilities. Skip to 1h 4 m in the video for the bit of info on this inquiry. The discussion also includes info on when to take a case to Strasbourg (European Court of Human Rights) and when to take it to the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

See this article.

You may also want to read this (about a 2012 judgement by the court in Strasbourg against the Republic of Croatia for failure to protect the human rights of two people who were severely bullied).

Earlier this year, a UN rapporteur who is one of the world’s experts on violence against women as well a lawyer was highly critical of the situation of women in the UK (see UN web site, the Guardian, The Independent and the BBC’s web site).

Last year, another UN investigator criticized the bedroom tax and called for its abolishment.