Bertus de Villiers
The latest Part of the Journal of Judicial Administration includes the following articles: “Connecting with Victoria’s culturally diverse communities: Enhancing public trust and confidence in courts and tribunals” – The Hon Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC; “From advocacy to collegiality: The view of experts of ‘concurrent evidence’ and ‘expert conferral’ in the State Administrative Tribunal” – Bertus de Villiers; “Known unknowns: The overarching obligations of self-represented parties” – Harlis Kirimof and Erik Dober; and “Should Australian courts give more witnesses the right to Skype?” – Marilyn Krawitz and Justine Howard.
The unrepresented (or self-represented) litigant is an increasingly common sight in Australian courts and tribunals. While some people choose to represent themselves in legal proceedings, others are compelled to do so by cost, chance, or some other reason. Whatever their motivation, unrepresented litigants present a unique set of challenges to the administration of justice, and ...more
The first Part of Volume 24 of the Journal of Judicial Administration is a special issue on assisting unrepresented litigants and includes the following articles: “Litigants in person: Guidelines for the Federal Circuit Court” – Stephen H Scarlett RFD; “The self-represented litigant in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland” – The Hon Justice Margaret McMurdo AC; “Self-represented parties and court rules in the Queensland courts” – Iain McCowie; “Self-represented litigants and strata title disputes in the State Administrative Tribunal: An experiment in accessible justice” – Bertus de Villiers; “Model no more: Querulent behaviour, vexatious litigants and the Vexatious Proceedings Act 2005 (Qld)” – Narelle Bedford and Monica Taylor; and “The dilemmas posed by self-represented litigants: The dark side” – Tania Sourdin and Nerida Wallace.