Information about judicial training concerning litigants in person

Lucy Reed made this Freedom of Information request to Judicial Office for England and Wales

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Dear Judicial Office for England and Wales,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the
information to which I am entitled under the freedom of information
act. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my
query as specifically as possible. If however this request is too
wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as
I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and
assist requesters.

I understand your Office is now responsible for the Judicial College, formerly the JSB. As such I believe that you are the appropriate authority to contact in respect of the requests below.

1 Please could you provide details of what mandatory training is currently provided to the judiciary in respect of litigants in person? Please provide details of any optional training on the same topic.

2 Please state what proportion of current judicial office holders have undertaken any training specifically in respect of litigants in person. I would be grateful if you could break down these figures for a) district judges and b) circuit judges and recorders.

3 Please state how many judicial office holders undertook such training in financial years 2009/10, 2010/11, and 2011/12 to date and how many are projected to undertake such training in 2011/12 and 2012/13.

4 Please state what budget has been allocated to training in respect of litigants in person in each of the financial years 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12. What is the budget for 2012/13?

5 What specific plans do the Judicial Office have for enhancing or increasing their judicial training in respect of judicial management of litigants in person?

6 Does the Judicial Office have specific plans for making training concerning the management of litigants in person mandatory for any level of judge, and if so, which level?

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response
within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in
writing that you have received this request. I look forward to
hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Lucy Reed

JSB Publications,

1 Attachment

Please find attached a response to your email of 1 October 2011.

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