You are officially an undergraduate Law student, you should be excited; but instead of celebrating this achievement, you can help the feeling that you are bound to fail.
In recent years, the UK Government has significantly cut civil legal aid in areas such as housing, family and welfare benefits, with a view to easing the strain on the public purse. These cuts were opposed by many, including lawyers, whose concerns that the most vulnerable within our communities could be left unrepresented in court, have been realised and as a consequence an undue burden has been placed on our civil justice system.
Mediation is a voluntary process conducted confidentially whereby the parties to a dispute are empowered to resolve their differences in a structured yet informal environment with the assistance of an impartial facilitator. This is a definition which has been chosen to describe this particular process of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by those responsible for establishing the law degree and the dispute resolution pathway within it at Christ Church (CCCU).
The rise in court fees, the reduction in court centres and judicial and administrative personnel, together with drastic cuts in civil and private family legal aid, brought about by the UK’s Conservative-led coalition government’s austerity measures introduced ten years ago, have contributed to the growing number of litigants in person (LiPs).