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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

NEEDED: PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON FAMILY LEGAL SERVICES IN ONTARIO

The Bonkalo Review of Family Legal Services in Ontario Justice Annemarie Bonkalo was appointed in February 2016 by the... read more

Judges Assisting SRLs

This month the NSRLP would like to highlight a recent decision by the Honourable Madam Justice Kristjanson of the... read more

NSRLP Advisory Board Welcomes Chief Justice Derek Green and Dean Lorne Sossin

We are thrilled to welcome two new members to our terrific, cross-Canada Advisory Board. Our diverse and the NSRLP... read more

Are you a Family Lawyer? Do You Have Ideas About Legal Coaching? Fill out our Lawyer Survey Today!

As we reported in our last newsletter, the NSRLP has embarked on a major project involving “legal coaching,” another... read more

Part Two: Making it Real – A Legal Education in the Public Interest

Part One of this blog (The End of a Love Affair? Why I Despair About Legal Education) was pretty... read more

The End of a Love Affair? Why I Despair About Legal Education

(Part 2 of this blog is “Making it Real: A Legal Education in the Public Interest”) When I became a law... read more

New Data on SRLs: The Spectacular Rise of the Savvy Self-Represented Litigant

This week we published our latest SRL Intake Report, collating and analyzing the information we received from 73 self-reps... read more

SRL Intake Report 2015-16

This Report collates and analyzes data from Intake Forms completed by SRLs from April 2015 to December 2016, a... read more

Resources for SRLs

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

Settlement Smarts for SRLs

Settlement Smarts Julie Macfarlane with the help of research assistants Hannah Bahmanpour and Katrina Trask has created a “how to”... read more

Coping with the Courtroom

Coping with the Courtroom Announcing “Coping with the Courtoom: Essential Information and Tips for SRLs” , written by Hannah Bahmanpour... read more