UK – Can you afford the cost of going to court?

British Council

1 April 2013

BAR COUNCIL CHAIRMAN:“we won’t stand by as vulnerable people suffer”.

Representing Yourself in Court






Barristers launch how-to guide for DIY litigants.

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today published A Guide to Representing Yourself in Court.

The Guide has been produced as the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) comes into force, removing swathes of areas of law from the scope of legal aid, and leaving thousands of vulnerable people without access to legal representation. This represents the biggest cuts to civil legal aid since the system was introduced in 1949.

The Guide, which has been compiled by a range of Specialist Bar Associations, including a number of QCs, sets out an insider’s view on how to find free or affordable help with a legal problem, how to start and defend a claim, how to represent yourself in court and advice on specialist sections of law, including:

  • Personal injury
  • Employment
  • Immigration
  • Family
  • Public law and Judicial Review
  • Housing, and
  • Bankruptcy and debt.

Full article here ….

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