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Litigants in person: new guidelines for lawyers

4 June 2015

Litigants in person imageThese guidelines have been prepared jointly by the Bar Council, CILEx and the Law Society and offer practical advice for lawyers who face litigants in person in the civil courts and tribunals. The guidelines discuss the relationship between the client's interest and the interests of the administration of justice, and the extent to which a lawyer can properly provide assistance to a litigant in person. The guidelines also discuss the role of McKenzie Friends.

The guidelines are supplemented by notes to explain a lawyer's duties to their client and their responsibilities to the court, which members may wish to give to a client or to a litigant in person.

While care has been taken to ensure these notes are accurate, up to date and useful, no legal liability will be accepted in relation to them.

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