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High Court imposes restraint order on “obsessional” litigant who targeted lawyers

The High Court has imposed an extended civil restraint order on an “obsessional” libel litigant who sent over 100 text messages to the mobile phone of a partner at Pinsent Masons acting for Google UK. She also made complaints to professional bodies.

July 6th, 2016 | No Comments »

Judiciary proposes fee ban and new name for McKenzie Friends

England and Wales should follow the example of Scotland in banning McKenzie Friends from charging fees, the Judicial Executive Board has proposed. The board also said that McKenzie Friends should be renamed “court supporters”.

February 25th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

“Many parts of the Bar are in severe pain,” acknowledges BSB chair

The present model for delivering justice in the criminal, family and immigration courts has become “increasingly challenged” and “many parts of the Bar are in severe pain”, the chair of the Bar Standards Board has said. Sir Andrew Burns said he wanted the BSB to become much more of a risk-based regulator.

October 6th, 2015 | No Comments »

CourtNav set for expansion as it wins innovation award

CourtNav, an online tool designed to help litigants in person fill out court forms, could be offered not only by an advice service based at the High Court but by advice agencies around the country, it has emerged. It won the access to justice through IT award at this week’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.

July 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Dyson: Follow the French lead in embracing online dispute resolution

Lord Dyson has praised a French online dispute resolution (ODR) website for opening up justice and said he hoped “something similar” would be created in this country.

April 24th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Emerging countries and business will lead UK on court technology, experts say

Emerging countries and large corporations will lead the way on court technology while the UK and USA lag behind, experts at the Global Law Summit in London have predicted just a week after the Civil Justice Council unveiled its blueprint for online dispute resolution.

February 24th, 2015 | No Comments »

Law firm secures restraint order against litigant in person

Surrey law firm Downs has secured a civil restraint order against a litigant in person who launched a series of claims described by a High Court judge as “totally without merit”.

February 12th, 2015 | No Comments »

CA sounds alarm over injustice risk as it ends up researching law for LiP

The Court of Appeal highlighted the false economy of the legal aid cuts yesterday after complaining that it had had to research the law on behalf of a litigant in person. It warned of the risk of courts coming to wrong decisions because of the lack of legal assistance.

February 11th, 2015 | No Comments »

Big law firms hiring poor-performing barristers, analysts claim

A group of US-based entrepreneurs claim to have carried out pioneering research which has shown that big commercial firms in the UK are “routinely rehiring poor performing barristers while ignoring the best performers”.

December 22nd, 2014 | 5 Comments »

LCJ: why is the cost of legal services increasing, despite more competition?

“Steps must be taken” to find out why the cost of legal services is increasing, despite the changed market and “great number of providers”, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has said.

December 16th, 2014 | 1 Comment »