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The Challenges of Cases Involving Lay Litigants and McKenzie Friends

High Court litigation can often tend to be costly, complex and time-consuming; against this backdrop, together with the economic crisis and its ripple effects, there has been a significant increase in the number of lay litigants – that is, parties representing themselves in court – handling their own affairs in court . Last year, there were 641 cases listed on the High Court plenary list involving lay litigants on at least one side. This represented one in 20 of cases on the list. In 2014, there were 420 such cases. One-third of cases before the Court of Appeal involve lay litigants.

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