Government Announces £3.1m Funding Plan for Litigants in Person
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Access to Justice Foundation have worked together on a joint initiative to provide a grant worth £3.1 million to support litigants in person, (a person, company or organisation that makes a legal claim without aid from a legal representative, such as a solicitor or barrister) as part of the ‘MOJ’s Legal Support Action Plan’.
Organisations within the not-for-profit sector will receive funding to provide legal support for those who do not have representation. The MOJ have said this will help educate those individuals regarding legal processes and help them to understand their rights within them. In addition to this they will receive practical support throughout court proceedings.
The Ministry have announced that they have already allocated over £500,000 in grants to national charities. These grants have been used for:
- improving support helplines
- web-based advice
- online hubs
The aim of this is to support those on lower incomes to access key legal advice.
An additional £270,000 has been allocated for emergency support to ensure organisations can still continue to provide advice and offer their services to litigants in person during the coronavirus pandemic.
Simon Bladen, Legal Partner at Hawsons commented: This is a very positive announcement in a time of need and hopefully these measures are another step towards improved access to justice for all.
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