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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

Access to Justice Demands Basic Customer Service from the Legal System

Today’s blog post is written by Aaron Huizinga, self-represented litigant, advocate on issues of Access to Justice, and devoted... read more

Opening Our Eyes To Trans Rights

Jayce Carver Today’s episode features a conversation with Jayce Carver, founder and Executive Director of Windsor-Essex Trans Support, the first... read more

Can BC Lead The Way On Paralegals?

Nancy Merrill The scope of practice for paralegals, especially to help family litigants, has become a central issue in the... read more

Postcard from an Adjudicator

Today’s blog is written by Michelle Flaherty, labour arbitrator and mediator, and former Vice-Chair, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.... read more

The Second Assault

Cherlene Cheung Irina Rosca Hannah Kurchik This week’s episode includes conversations with three young women who have had upsetting and demoralizing experiences... read more

SRL-Lawyer Dialogue: Are SRLs crazy or just fed up?

This blog is the first in a series in which lawyers (and other justice professionals) ask self-represented litigants a... read more

Is “Our Society Your Society”? with Malcolm Mercer

Malcolm Mercer, LSO Treasurer This week’s conversation is with Malcolm Mercer, the Treasurer of the Ontario Law Society and the... read more

“Outsiders” and “Insiders” Can Change the Justice System Together

Originally published on Slaw, Canada’s online legal magazine; written by Julie Macfarlane and Jeff Rose-Martland. This is the third in... read more

Resources for SRLs

Ordering a Court Transcript

Last year the NSRLP published a research report highlighting the inconsistencies in ordering court transcripts across Canadian provinces and... read more

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

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