NZ: Civil Litigation For Non Lawyers

A collaboration between two barristers – one as author the other as publisher – has resulted in a new book to help self-represented litigants navigate the judicial system successfully. Reports LawFuel

Hamilton-based barrister Martin Dillon has published his book ‘Civil Litigation For Non Lawyers’, which is available on Amazon and is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Dillon has worked in private practice, in-house and as a prosecutor with a wide variety of criminal and civil litigation experience under his belt.

Published by The Legal Drive, a legal tech and publishing company operated by Auckland barrister Steve Keall published the book, which both men see as a key towards improving access to justice in New Zealand.

“Improving access to justice is a problem without an easy solution. Lawyers can be expensive, legal aid  funding scarce, free help is rare, and progressing a case without a lawyer can be risky,” Martin Dillon says.

“This book began as a series of articles to help beginners understand some legal processes and dispute  resolution options.

“They set out the kind of general information I had often repeated to clients and  lawyers without litigation experience. Better-informed clients make better-informed decisions, and if  the cost of accessing knowledge can be minimised then that is all for the good. “

Although the book doesn’t pretend that self representation is a substitute for specific legal advice there is nonetheless an increase in self-represented litigation with some tribunals actively promoting the process.