Our Newest Access to Justice All-Star is Glen Gardner, Assistant Deputy Minister (Innovations) Ministry of Justice, Saskatchewan

“Over the course of his career, Glen has brought a spirit of innovation to his public policy work.  Through his various roles in the Justice Ministry’s Dispute Resolution Office, and now as ADM of the Innovation Branch, Glen has been tirelessly optimistic about the capacity to improve peoples’ experiences with the justice system.  He has encouraged lawyers, judges, other justice professionals and government administrators to tackle this vital question:  how do we facilitate earlier, accessible, client-focused solutions to “legal [...]


New UK Guidelines for Lawyers on Working with SRLs

The Law Society of England and Wales has just published guidelines for lawyers regarding their interactions with self-represented litigants (described as “litigants-in-person” or LiPs in the UK) that are refreshingly forthright about the realities of self-representation. In the foreword, it advises its members that “LiPs should not be seen stereotypically as ‘a problem’” and continues “(A) lawyer should not make assumptions about the merits of a LiP’s case simply on the basis that they have not obtained representation…. (some) [...]


Unlocking the Potential of McKenzie Friends: NSRLP Research Project

This summer NSRLP is working with Judith da Silva, an Osgoode Hall, York University graduate student, on a research project looking at the potential for Canadian courts to accept McKenzie Friends as supporters and helpers of SRLs. The concept of the McKenzie Friend (MF) derives from a UK divorce case (McKenzie v McKenzie (1970) 3 WLR 472; (1970) 3 All ER 1034) which ruled that a person without counsel could ask for a “Friend” to sit with them and provide [...]

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