Going to Court without Legal Representation

It is sensible to seek legal advice as soon as possible if legal proceedings are taken against you, or before you begin legal action yourself. However, there are different reasons why you may decide to deal with a legal case yourself and, if you do, you may find that you have to represent yourself in court.

Litigants in person

People who represent themselves in court are known as 'litigants in person' (or LiP for short). There has been a significant increase in LiPs recently because of the cuts to legal aid, the increase in small claims limits and the increase in tribunal fees.

What LiPs can expect from the other side’s lawyer

The organisations which represent lawyers have produced a Guide to help LiPs understand what to expect (and what not to expect) from the lawyer for the other side in court proceedings.

You have a lawyer but the other side is not legally represented

You may have a lawyer to represent you in court but the other side is representing themselves. Your lawyer has responsibilities to you and also has certain responsibilities and duties to the court.

The organisations which represent lawyers have produced a Guide to explain how your lawyer will deal with the other side in a court case if it is not legally represented.

Litigants in Person Guide

A guide to help Litigants in Person

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Lawyers' Responsibilities Guide

Information about lawyers' responsibilities when there is a Litigant in Person on the other side

> Download the Guide