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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

Lawyers: Who Needs Them? We do!

This week’s guest blog is written by Tania Perlin B.A., L.L.B. from the law firm of Tania Perlin, Barrister... read more

Access to Justice Annotated Bibliography

Today we release Version 6 of our popular Access to Justice Annotated Bibliography, which can be found here: A2J Annotated... read more

Where’s the Accountability in Canada’s Justice System?

This week’s guest blog is written by author and former newspaper publisher Colin Alexander. His current work-in-progress is a... read more

Announcing “The Access Revolution” Blog

Today’s blog post is written by NSRLP Director Julie Macfarlane. Announcing The Access Revolution Blog Today we are announcing the launch... read more

When the Badly-Behaved Party is Opposing Counsel

Originally published on Slaw, Canada’s online legal magazine; written by Julie Macfarlane. This is the second in a regular... read more

Yes, it Really is That Bad!

This week’s guest blog is written by Laurel Dietz, who is the owner and operator of Alinea Legal Coaching... read more

Walking Wounded

This week’s guest blog is written by Jana Saracevic. Jana is a former SRL who has worked with NSRLP... read more

A Place of Powerlessness

It’s been a really rough few weeks on the personal/health front. I have lost both my dogs, been hospitalized... 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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