[Sticky] Handbook for Litigants in Person
The Judiciary of England & Wales published this helpful handbook a few years ago. If you are a litigant in person, either bringing a civil case or defending one, make sure that you spend time studying it.
Good but it claims to be from 2013!
Maybe, but at 70 + pages it's an excellent reference document..
I won my case today. Deposit back + all direct court/filing costs. An interesting point the judge made, and he was quite scathing to the defendant... The defendant hadn't got any address information on his contract, signed at my premises, contrary to The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 section 10) and others. He commented this alone invalidated the contract.
Congratulations! Well done.
Did you need to get that order detail from the builders merchant?
No. The Judge wasn't interested in much of the details of my case. He specifically said that he was not interested in whether there were two bags or three bags of materials... I never knew about the address thing- the Judge just jumped on that of his own accord. Very nice of him! The defendant accused me of altering the VAT invoice but the Judge was having none of that as he had the original which was clearly unaltered. He took a very dim view of that accusation by the defendant. Thanks for your help. Oh, and the Judge was not interested that the defendant's witness statement was not signed/ affirmed etc. I thought he might throw it out, but he didn't. He also commented that he would not take any 3rd party comments that the defendant brought up.( hearsay- quite rightly).