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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

NSRLP Summer Closing

We shall be closing the office from August 9 – August 27, to allow for vacation time, administrative tidy-ups,... read more

NSRLP’s Stubborn Hope for Change

As we approach our annual summer office closure (August 9-27), it’s always a good time to reflect on  what... read more

Punishing and Deterring SRLs Using Costs Awards: A Failed Strategy?

In early 2012, I had just begun the research that would later be published in May 2013 as the... read more

Costs Awards Against SRLs

Ashley Haines reports on substantial and punitive costs awards against self-represented litigants from our growing database. Click here to access... read more

21st Century Lawyering: Arrogance v Humility

A guest blog by Tania Perlin, a lawyer working with SRLs and a member of the Self-Rep Navigators I have... read more

Summer Research Publications

NSRLP has been releasing regular research reports this summer, with three already launched and another three in the pipeline. If... read more

Breaking News!

NSRLP is excited to announce that a grant from the Canadian Bar Association Law for the Future Fund will... read more

New Ontario Rule on Recording Proceedings is Important Opportunity for SRLs

Elizabeth Roberts is an SRL who works on raising awareness of the obstacles faced by SRLs. Recently, I stood before... 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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