NewsBites - April 2013

“Litigant in person” u-turn
Litigants conducting legal proceedings on their own behalf should be referred to as “litigants in person” in all proceedings – no longer “self-represented litigants” as recommended by the Civil Justice Council in 2011.


In a Practice Direction announcing the U-turn, Lord Dyson MR said that both terms continued to be used which was “confusing both for individual litigants and the courts”.

Pro bono support
Nearly half the Bar (42.4%) regularly carries out legal pro bono work, a Bar Council survey has revealed. To support the work of the Bar Pro Bono Unit, every practising barrister is now being asked to make a £30 opt-out donation as part of the Practising Certificate Renewal process.

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