Research and analysis

Litigants in person in private family law cases

Findings from a study into the experiences and support needs of litigants in person in private family law cases.

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This study was designed to develop the evidence base on litigants in person in private family law cases, including their behavioural drivers, experiences and support needs, and impact on the court prior to the implementation of legal aid reforms in April 2013.

Fieldwork was conducted between January and March 2013. The study delivered primarily qualitative evidence. The researchers sampled 151 private law family cases where a hearing was observed, the court file examined and parties and professionals interviewed. To provide wider context, focus groups were also held with judges, court staff and lawyers.