They are disadvantaged not only by their lack of knowledge of the law and legal procedure but also by the irritation (and prejudice) of judges. And although they cannot afford their own lawyer, they will be ordered to pay for their opponent's lawyers on losing, an event which does not always indicate a weaker case.
Equal access to the law should be a basic right. More advice and less prejudice would certainly help, but the real problem is the cost of litigation, and especially the punitive award of costs against the loser. However, any solution that supports litigants in person would result in less money going to lawyers, the most powerful self-interest group in the land, and not ones to give up their privileges without a mighty struggle.
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