Court proceedings are very formal and adversarial in their nature.

The court proceedings are very formal.  They involve precise written claims, supporting legal arguments.  The same can be said for defences.  There are pre-trial hearings and applications for directions with strict time limits.  This makes it difficult for an unqualified person to follow and understand.

The system is adversarial in nature.  This means that the parties are each represented by legal representatives whose sole interest is to advance their client’s case.  It is about winning and not losing so that there is very little incentive to co-operate.

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