This is aimed at all Parties engaged in litigation but more particularly, Help4LiPs, Litigants in person. Why?
I hear of too many stories where litigants in person have had complete mental breakdowns and worse, suicide, faced with a long uphill journey to have their cases heard and crippled by a complex system of steps to be taken to get to trial, which is in itself combative and contentious by its very nature.
Legal practitioners, academics, and the judiciary should be doing all that we can to help volatile and vulnerable people in their endeavours for justice and if there is a short-cut to a long and arduous court timetable, and lengthy trial, then it should not only be explored, but it should be pro-actively encouraged. I have never heard a Judge so far suggest, or indeed an opponent take up my suggestion for an early neutral evaluation, outside of mediation or arbitration, or general talk of settlement negotiations.