British Judiciary’s self-represented litigants report: Technology-related recommendations

The British judiciary’s study committee on self-represented litigants — called the Judicial Working Group on Litigants in Personhas issued its report.

Here are technology-related recommendations from the report:

[…] The Judicial Office and MoJ/HMCTS [UK Ministry of Justice / Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service] should hold, urgently, discussions to establish the most appropriate way to develop a central online resource to which staff and judiciary could easily refer in order to identify nationally available sources of advice and assistance for litigants in person; further work to be informed by the outcome of those discussions […] [(p. 8)]

The Working Group recommends that particular emphasis is placed on the production of audiovisual material, such as online videos. This can be a highly effective way of informing litigants in person about what is required of them and what to expect when they go to court. […] [(p. 17)]

The Group also considers that access to comprehensive and up to date online information will be increasingly important for litigants in person. The Group, therefore, recommends that HMCTS/MoJ undertakes, urgently, a thorough review of its web-based information, to ensure that litigants in person can easily access the information they need to understand and decide on the various courses of action open to them, and to prepare for, and present, their case in a court or tribunal. […] [(p. 17)]

MoJ/HMCTS should devote the necessary work and resources to:

  • Producing, with judicial involvement, audiovisual material to inform litigants in person what is required of them and what they can expect when they go to court.
  • Undertaking, urgently, a thorough review of its web-based information, to ensure that litigants in person can easily access the information they need to understand and decide on the various courses of action open to them, and to prepare for, and present, their case in a court or tribunal.
    • […] [(p. 32)]

For more details, please see the complete report.

HT @Law_Works

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