The number of parties to civil proceedings who do not have legal representation has risen steadily for a number of years. The volume of unrepresented litigants is expected to increase still faster now that legal aid has been withdrawn from most civil cases. According to Government figures, 623,000 of the 1 million people who benefited from Legal Aid annually will be denied access to this aid from April 1, 2013, when the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 became effective. There is already evidence that the number of unrepresented litigants is fast increasing.

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