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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

Just a Conservative Alberta Lawyer

Lawyer Rob Harvie This week Julie talks to Alberta family lawyer, and Chair of the NSRLP Board, Rob Harvie, about... read more

When Will Law Schools Confront the SRL Reality?

NSRLP is proud of our initiative to expose law students to the human face of the SRL crisis, and... read more

How Far Can a Law School Dean Go?

Dean Lorne Sossin This week Julie talks to Lorne Sossin, Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, about,... read more

Catch 22: No Capacity, No Lawyer

Judy Gayton, self-represented litigant Julie talks to self-represented litigant Judy Gayton about her years of struggling through the justice system... read more

Reading and Understanding Case Reports: Equipping Yourself with Tools for Effective Legal Research

One of NSRLP’s mandates is to develop practical and accessible resources to empower SRLs and better equip them on... read more

Georgette Makhoul: Our Latest A2J All-Star!

Georgette Makhoul, an associate at Hogarth Hermiston Severs LLP, is our latest Access to Justice All-Star, in recognition of... read more

SRL Awareness Day, October 4th 2017: Working Together for Change

Self-Represented Litigants Awareness Day, an NSRLP initiative first launched 3 years ago, is approaching fast. On October 4th, Windsor... read more

Changing Faces in the Justice System

Ranjan Agarwal, lawyer and incoming OBA Secretary This week Julie talks with Ranjan Agarwal, partner at prestigious Toronto law firm... read more

Resources for SRLs

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

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

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