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The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) is committed to advancing understanding of the challenges and hard choices facing the very large numbers of Canadians who now come to court without counsel.

The NSRLP works to promote dialogue and collaboration among all those affected by the self-represented litigant phenomenon, both justice system professionals and litigants themselves. We regularly publish resources designed specifically for SRLs, as well as research reports that examine the implications for the justice system.


Facts about Self-Representation

86% of SRLs in the National Study were looking for legal assistance.

53% of SRLs in the National Study had previously retained a lawyer but had run out of funds.

In urban centres almost 80% of family litigants are filing unrepresented.


Latest News and Blogs

#MeToo Warriors in Asia-Pacific

One of the unifying threads of my time in Asia-Pacific this winter has been the time I have spent... read more

What’s in a Name Tag?

Sue Rice, former NSRLP Coordinator Sue Rice was the original Project Coordinator at the NSRLP, working with Julie on the... read more

NSRLP Launches Second Season of Social Justice Podcast

This month “Jumping Off the Ivory Tower with Prof Julie Mac” is back with brand-new episodes! Our social justice... read more

Share Your Opinion on SRL Cost Awards

A member of our student research team is conducting a focused research project (supervised by Julie) on SRLs and... read more

Justice Nancy Key: Our New A2J All-Star!

We are pleased to announce that Justice Nancy Key is NSRLP’s latest Access to Justice All-Star! Justice Key was appointed... read more

Welcome To Canada?

Anneke Smit, Windsor Law faculty member This week’s podcast features our Windsor Law colleague, Dr. Anneke Smit. Anneke’s work is... read more

Moving the A2J Conversation to a New Level

I am writing my first blog of 2018 from Sydney, Australia. I love Sydney, and I definitely prefer the... read more

Back to the Future of Legal Services

Woody Mosten, lawyer and mediator Forrest (Woody) Mosten is a lawyer and mediator in California, where he practises family law,... read more

Resources for SRLs

Guide for Self-Represented Litigants with Disabilities

Click here to access the PWD Primer We hear all too often from self-represented litigants who are also persons with... read more

Reading and Understanding Case Reports

Reading A Case Primer A Guide for Self-Represented Litigants By Margarita Dvorkina & Julie Macfarlane Why We Publish SRL Primers One of the... read more

Provincial Resources for SRLs

Click here to view our regularly updated Provincial Resources for SRLs. If you have a suggestion for an additional physical... read more

“My Learned Friend”: Building Constructive Working Relationships Between Self-Represented Litigants and Opposing Counsel

Working with Opposing Counsel We know from our research that many SRLs will find that the other side in the... read more

The McKenzie Friend: Choosing and Presenting a Courtroom Companion

A Courtroom Companion NSRLP is proud to present its latest SRL guide, The McKenzie Friend: Choosing and Presenting a Courtroom... read more

Mindfulness Training and Stress-Reduction for SRLs

Mindfulness Training We are pleased and proud to announce another new NSRLP resource written and developed specifically for SRLs. “What... read more

The CanLII Primer

The Can Lii Primer (Eng) The Can Lii Primer (Fre) The NSRLP is proud to launch our latest resource for SRLs NSRLP... read more

Working with SRLs: Ideas and Suggestions from the Bench

A small Working Group of judges, representing jurisdictions across Canada, and who hear SRLs on a regular basis in... read more

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