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.
The last Part of Volume 22 of JJA publishes the following articles: “Misconceptions or expert evidence in child sexual assault trials: Enhancing justice and jurors’ “common sense”” – Annie Cossins and Jane Goodman-Delahunty; “Mind the gap: Making evidence-based decisions about self-represented litigants” – Elizabeth Richardson and Tania Sourdin; “Solution-focused court programs for mentally impaired offenders: What works?” – Michelle Edgely; and “The constitutionality of minimum mandatory sentencing regimes: A rejoinder” – Andrew Hemming.