HMCTS – Cardiff Civil Justice centre – advice to [represented] parties [but not LiPs?]

Gwynne Davies made this Freedom of Information request to Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service

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Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

Please provide the following information.

1. A copy of the policy or guidance of HMCTS officers giving advice to parties [here govt dept represented by locum solicitor not on record] on what to do in proceedings
• in this example case – advice given over telephone [to a locum solicitor] to make an application by letter and giving a prediction of judges decision [prospects of success?] on the application/letter to strike out on the courts own motion a litigant in persons application.

2. A copy of the policy or guidance on similarly giving [or not giving] advice to Litigants in person.
• In same case - LiP told HMCTS cannot give advice on CPR rules [here where court was seemingly dealing with case in county court but not High Court as should have been – hmcts’s not LiP’s error [subsequently blamed on computer glitch].

Please provide any information in electronic format.

Thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Gwynne Davies

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