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Natural justice or an unworkable situation? As the number of self-represented persons in our legal system increases, accommodating and managing them is becoming increasingly important. This is particularly so in the family law context, where lawyers have been removed from the early stages of some proceedings, emotions run high and funds for legal fees are often restricted.

The timeliness of this event is reinforced by Her Honour Justice Winkelmann's recent Ethel Benjamin address, entitled ‘Access to Justice - Who Needs Lawyers?’. In relation to the justice gap and unrepresented litigants, the Chief High Court Judge said that the profession ‘must take an active part in understanding the nature of the problem, and striving for the solution’.

View this OnDemand webinar to learn more about the problems and the solutions, with particular focus on the Family law area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the philosophical, common law and regulatory context.
  • Gain insight into the various challenges encountered by the judiciary and by counsel when dealing with self-represented and unrepresented persons.
  • Become familiar with the materials available to provide assistance to the judiciary, counsel and self-represented litigants.
  • Become appraised of the practical steps counsel can take to protect themselves and promote their clients’ interests when dealing with self-represented persons.

Who should view?

Those practising in family law. General practitioners and litigators may also benefit from attending.

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Presenters

His Honour Judge Maude


Lynda Kearns

Barrister, Bastion Chambers

Lynda has been a specialist in all aspects of family law for many years. Her practice primarily relates to cases involving relationship and Trust property as well as estate matters, including family protection claims. She advises on custody, access, Hague Convention cases and maintenance, including spousal maintenance. She has particular expertise in the area of child support. She has senior counsel for the child status and is routinely appointed to act for children, as counsel to assist the Court or as amicus. She has presented numerous seminars on a variety of relationship property and Trust related issues and matters relating to children. She has been appointed to numerous Law Society committees and previously chaired the ADLS Family Law Subcommittee.