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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

Pintea v Johns: 18 Months Later by Kaila Scarrow & Julie Macfarlane

The landmark Supreme Court of Canada case of Pintea v Johns came down in April 2018. The decision rejected... read more

How the Kavanaugh Hearing is an Access to Justice Travesty

At the beginning of this season, I wrote a blog arguing for the importance of framing the A2J debate... read more

Striving For Truth And Reconciliation

Valarie Waboose Beverly Jacobs This week Julie has an illuminating conversation with Beverly Jacobs and Valarie Waboose about the Truth and... read more

Windsor Law’s Coaching Class is Seeking SRLs

CALLING ALL LITIGANTS REPRESENTING THEMSELVES WITHOUT A LAWYER More than half of those coming to Family Court in Windsor now... read more

Season 3 Launch of Jumping off the Ivory Tower

From drugs and legalization to a student navigating law school with a chronic disease, this season of “Jumping off... read more

Interesting articles to read

Over the last few weeks we’ve come across a few interesting articles about self-represented litigants and Access to Justice. ... read more

Updated Directory of Provincial Resources

We’re pleased to announce that NSRLP’s directory of National and Provincial Resources for SRLs has been updated and expanded,... read more

Continuing the Dialogue: 5 Years of the NSRLP

Can you believe it has been 5 years since the birth of the NSRLP?  Who would have anticipated that... 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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