News from National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project works to promote dialogue and collaboration among all those affected by the self-represented litigant phenomenon, both justice system professionals and litigants themselves. NSRLP is committed to information and resource-sharing on the SRL phenomenon among all interested and affected parties.

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NSRLP's New Research Report on Access to Court Transcripts

NSRLP undertook a systematic, province-by-province review of practices across the country for accessing court transcripts.

Posted:
June 27, 2018

Gender & Language in Judicial Decisions: A New Report from the SRL Case Law Database

Today the NSRLP releases the latest in its series of research reports drawing on the data they are collecting and analyzing in the SRL Case Law Database.

Posted:
May 29, 2018

Bifurcation: A Technique That Can Save Self-Represented Litigants Time & Money

Bifurcation refers to splitting a trial into a number of separate trial components, in which the Court agrees to hear a trial on just one part of a case.

Posted:
May 02, 2018

Access to Hearings Transcripts is an A2J Issue

The NSRLP tried to find answers to these questions: Can I get a transcript of my hearing? What is the procedure to get a transcript? How much does it cost?

Posted:
March 16, 2018

#MeToo Warriors in Asia-Pacific

Julie Macfarlane leads a tour of organizations in East Asia that are responding to the needs of women in their communities who have experienced marital conflict and violence.

Posted:
February 23, 2018

SRLs with Disabilities: Dealing with a Double Whammy

Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) who are also Persons With Disabilities (PWD) are dealing with a double whammy – navigating the justice system alone AND doing so with a disability.

Posted:
November 02, 2017

NSRLP News - September 27, 2017

Updates, news, and happenings in the world of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, the SRL Phenomenon, and Access to Justice.

Posted:
September 27, 2017

Time for a Podcast on A2J & Social Justice in Canada

Dr. Julie Macfarlane's podcast will feature lawyers, judges, and SRLs, as well as advocates of all stripes working on social change that they believe dovetails with A2J.

Posted:
September 18, 2017

We Need to Help Family Litigants – Now

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project's Julie MacFarlane writes about the Bonkalo Report and urges readers to sign the petition supporting its recommendations. 

Posted:
April 26, 2017

National Database of Professionals Assisting Self-Represented Litigants

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project is launching the National Database of Professionals Assisting SRLs to help SRLs looking for affordable legal assistance.

Posted:
November 10, 2016

September 8, 2016 NSRLP Newsletter is now available

Topics in this issue of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project newsletter include relationships between SRLs and opposing counsel, and SRL and A2J Workshop.

Posted:
September 08, 2016

Updates, news, and happenings from the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, July 18, 2016

Topics in this issue include Canadian SRL study results confirmed by U.S. research, upcoming Fall publications, and the Ontario Family Legal Services Review.

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July 18, 2016

Casual Sexism and Access to Justice – Facing Our Discomfort

In this blog post, Julie Macfarlane links “casual sexism” to access to justice arguing that acknowledging sexism  iscritical in order for us to be able to raise these issues, and to have better conversations.

Posted:
June 08, 2016

Updates, news, and happenings from the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, May 19, 2016

Topics in this issue include NSRLP's Updated Access to Justice Annotated Bibliography, New Self-Help Book Geared Towards SRLs, and New On-Line Resources for Family SRLs.

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May 19, 2016

Canadian Data on Case Outcomes: SRL vs. Represented Parties

If your chances of success are automatically lowered if you represent yourself, what does this mean within a system where most litigants can no longer afford to pay for full representation?

Posted:
April 26, 2016

Updates, news and happenings from the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, March 24, 2016

Topics in this NSRLP update include 2nd Annual "Bring a SRL to Law School Day," The Team at Calgary LInC, Launching NSRL's latest Guide: The McKenzie Friend, and Advice about Using Mediation.

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March 24, 2016

Updates, news, and happenings in the world of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, January 21, 2016

Topics in this NSRLP update include national database of "Professionals Assisting SRLs", new service model for SRLs, and the rise of online courts.

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January 21, 2016

December 31: 'The New Litigants' - A Documentary for CBC's The National

The CBC will air a 19-minute documentary on the topic of self-represented litigants on The National December 31.  

Posted:
December 18, 2015

Updates, news, and happenings in the world of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, October 22, 2015

Topics in this NSRLP update include "Self-Rep Navigators", new resource for Self-Represented Litigants, and small steps significant for Access to Justice and in particular to SRLs.

Posted:
October 22, 2015

April 16: National Self-Represented Litigants Project Call for SRL Volunteers

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2014

Where: At the University or Jarvis courthouses in Toronto

Contacts: Julie Macfarlane Julie.Macfarlane@uwindsor.ca or Sue Rice suerice@live.ca

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project is looking for anyone presently representing themselves in either a family or a civil case in Toronto to volunteer for a day.

Posted:
April 10, 2014