Litigants-in-Person are a significant presence in Singapore’s legal system. Within our adversarial tradition of adjudication, selfrepresentation can raise multiple distinctive access to justice issues for Litigants-in-Person as well as other actors in the justice system.
In the first book on litigants-in-person ("LiPs") in the Singapore legal system, Associate Professors Jaclyn Neo and Helena WhalenBridge have employed different methodologies to analyse relevant issues, including a doctrinal legal analysis; a literature review of academic writings, policy papers, and official reports; an empirical consideration of written court judgments involving LiPs; in-depth interviews of a small group of LiPs, conducted with the Community Justice Centre's assistance; and a survey of lawyers, conducted with the Law Society of Singapore’s assistance. The authors argue that any approach to LiPs must be multi-pronged, one that conceptualizes the administration justice as a legal ecosystem of interdependent actors.
In this webinar, the authors will share key aspects of their research by focusing on the perspectives of three main constituents: the LiPs themselves, judges and court staff, and lawyers representing other parties in a proceeding. The panel will then share their perspectives on issues and approaches in managing the heightened burdens in cases where litigants self-represent. Although the speakers focussed on civil and family law proceedings in their research, the panel will include an exploration of the Singapore’s criminal justice system so as to offer a broader and holistic conversation on the practical issues in access to justice.
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Chapters for Litigants in Person (Helena Whalen-Bridge and Jaclyn Neo)
2 Litigants in Person in Singapore and Other Common Law Systems
3 Judicial Approached to Litigants in Person in Civil and Family Proceedings
4 Experiences of Litigants in Person with the Court Process
5 Lawyers and Litigants in Person: Inequality of Arms?
6 Innovations to Better Serve Litigants in Person
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Book will be delivered end of January 2021.