Litigants in person in family law cases

Yesterday, James Munby – President of the Family Division – announced that the Ministry of Justice is planning a study surrounding the cross examination of vulnerable witnesses by LIPs.

You can read more about it:


  • here (the announcement by James Munby).

Views on litigants in person

D. Rosen at London-based Darlington Solicitors just published a post titled Perceptions and Expectations of Litigants in Person (‘LIPS’): A commercial Litigator’s perspective on the firm’s blog.

frustrated person making a phone call

Stressed litigant in person making a phone call

“During my career I have met many wonderful and varied LIPS.”, he or she writes.

“I am frustrated at seeing too many good people waste their lives pursuing their perception of truth and justice, because a Court has not agreed with them.”

I agree.

You have to know when to pursue a matter and when to let it go. A good way to decide can be to ask yourself whether other people – society – might benefit from it if you continue to pursue the matter.

Go read this post – here – because this solicitor makes very good points.

Hard disks can have backdoors

And running Linux or formatting your hard disk won’t help.

How so?

A hacker can build a backdoor on your hard disk by targeting and reprogramming the controller, a tiny computer of its own that makes sure the hard disk works.

First, the hacker needs to gain (remote) access to your computer, and he or she has to be pretty good. That means that you don’t need to lose much sleep over it yet, but when it happens, you’re toast.

Unless, for example, you keep your computer offline afterward and make sure it can’t be accessed via powerline networking either. Would you be able to tell that there is a backdoor on your hard disk?

Read more here.

Source: ArsTechnica

On the civil legal aid reforms

Last year, the National Audit Office published a report titled ‘Implementing Reforms to Civil Legal Aid’, a report by the Comptroller and Auditor of the General Ministry of Justice and Legal Aid Agency.

Last week, the Bar Council responded to it. Chairman of the Bar Alistair MacDonald QC said:

Overall, the report reflects the Bar Council’s concerns that the scale of the cuts made to legal aid, and the way they were introduced, abandoned the most vulnerable, created disorder in our courts, and damaged our legal advice services.’

You can read the rest of the response: here.