Guidelines for solicitors dealing with self-represented parties

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The Council of the Law Society recognises the trend toward self-represented litigants appearing in courts and tribunals and that legal practitioners often face significant difficulties in dealing with them. This is occurring particularly in the Family Court where that court has pronounced guidelines for the benefit of its own judicial officers.

The Council also recognises similar difficulties for practitioners dealing with parties involved in non-litigious matters including conveyancing, probate and commercial matters who often act for themselves.

The New South Wales Bar Association’s Guidelines for barristers dealing with self-represented litigants available on the Bar Association’s website www.nswbar.asn. au (used and quoted with permission) are very useful for practitioners engaged in litigation. These guidelines are designed to assist practitioners deal not only with matters involving litigation but also with matters involving other than court or tribunal work.

Attached are information sheets for solicitors to send to the self-represented party on the other side of the matter.

I commend these guidelines to you as a useful guide.

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