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The Litigant in Person Network

The Litigant in Person Network

The Litigant in Person Network

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Martha de la Roche, Network Development Manager at Litigant in Person Network (LiP Network), tells us about LiP Network and how to get involved.

The Litigant in Person Network (LIP Network) is a project of the Litigant in Person Support Strategy (LIPSS). LIPSS is a national partnership of organisations which work together to improve the experience of LIPs through access to information, practical support, advice and representation.
 
The LIP Network is primarily an online space for organisations and individuals who work with litigants in person to share and access resources which supports the delivery of services to litigants in person.
 
Our members represent not only the advice sector and public justice services but the wider frontline and public services which litigants in person often rely on, sometimes before even realising their problems could have a legal remedy.
 
Our online members’ area is dedicated to helping provide services to litigants in person. In addition to signposting to existing resources developed for litigants in person such as self-help guides and videos, the Network is a repository for guidance supporting organisations and individuals in delivering services, including exclusive training, events and workshop opportunities.
 
As a result of our cross sector working, we are also able to offer our members the opportunity to engage with various policy and reform areas such as the HMCTS court reform program. We work to identify emerging trends and areas of concern for our members and address them by establishing strategic cross sector working groups to inform our wider understanding and develop practical solutions. 
 
One key example of this is our work around mental health; after establishing concerns from the Network around supporting litigants in person with mental health problems we liaised with psychiatrists to develop a workshop training aimed at frontline service providers to support them in working with distressed litigants in person.
 
Our next steps will be to look at how we also support frontline staff and volunteers with their own mental health when working with distressed clients. Some of our future work will involve us looking at the use of technology in delivering services, and how we can work more with the academic sector to inform and progress our work.
 
The Network provides a forum for people to share their new projects and identify partners as well as benefitting from shared knowledge and best practice. Wherever possible we make introductions between members who might benefit from being aware of each other or who might be able to participate in or contribute to other work.
 
How to get involved
 
If you are interested in engaging with the advice sector we can help to establish those connections and introduce you to specific bodies who are well placed to support you. For example, if you are looking to make links with advice organisations in your local area or if you are interested in exploring how to develop your own advice services we can help put you in touch with organisations who can support you.
 
If you and/or your organisation are interested in supporting delivering services to litigants in person, or would benefit from help, guidance and training in providing services, including how to identify and support litigants in person, please consider joining the Network. You can get in touch with us directly to discuss you work and how we might be able to support you.
marthadelaroche@atjf.org.uk

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