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Litigants In Person

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many litigants in person there were in court proceedings in each of the last 10 years.[103238]

The following table has the available information on the number of litigants appearing in person in the county courts and Queens Bench Division of the High Court.

Litigants appearing in person during county court trials and small claims hearings England and Wales figures 1994–2002 Trials—County court

Litigants in person

Percentage in person

Number of county court trails

Claimant

Defendant

Claimant

Defendant

199424,219

5,570

7,500

23.031.4
199524,477

1,600

3,930

6.516.1
199619,608

2,400

3,550

12.218.1
199715,511

1,590

3,020

10.319.5
199814,202

1,080

1,900

7.613.4
199913,437

880

1,660

6.512.4
200015,397

1,230

2,280

8.014.8
200113,430

700

1,140

5.28.5
200212,294

960

1,440

7.811.7

Trials-High court (Queens Bench)

Litigants in person

Perecentage in person

Number Queen's Bench trials

Claimant

Defendant

Claimant

Defendant

19944,420

90

70

2.01.6
19954,369

90

80

2.11.8

Note:

Figures not collected after 1995

Small Claims

Litigants in person

Percentage in person

Number small claims hearings

Claimant

Defendant

Claimant

Defendant

199471,822Figures not collected
199588,170Figures not collected
199694,050

57,240

64,000

60.968.0
199797,813

43,460

69,910

44.471.5
199898,692

53,180

69,920

53.970.8
199988,389

42,250

54,640

47.861.8
200055,836

28,680

36,240

51.464.9
200158,333

28,670

35,50049.160.9
200255,719

31,890

37,160

57.266.7

Note:

The numbers in italics are weighted figures based on sample data and have been rounded to the nearest 10.