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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

A2J Round-Up 2018 – and some wishes for Santa

A short history lesson The courts were originally created to protect citizens from the overreach of the State. Over time,... read more

Self-Represented Litigants in the Courts: How They Are Shaping the Jurisprudence

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

NSRLP Holiday Closure

Here at the NSRLP we’ve been so busy this fall with new SRL resources, podcasts, blogs, and our 5-year... read more

Giving the Gift of A2J

We want to conclude our year at NSRLP with an appeal to all of our friends and supporters to... read more

Legal Aid and Paralegal Debates in BC

British Columbia has become the latest battleground over how to address the A2J crisis in Canada. The Law Society... read more

The “Continuing the Dialogue” Event Report

To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP), we decided to go back to where... read more

Continuing the Dialogue Event Report

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2018 NSRLP Annual Report

Click here to access the 2018 NSRLP Annual Report. We are proud of our efforts to promote Access to Justice... 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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