NSRLP Presenting SRL Data in Australia to Professional Audiences

“Most judges tend to couple the words “self-represented litigant” with an expletive. It is customary to regard them as difficult, time-consuming, unreasonable and ignorant.” These are the opening lines of a 2013 paper by Justice Faulks, Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, where around 40% of litigants are self-representing (“Self-Represented Litigants: Tackling the Challenge”). The paper is an intelligent and extremely sympathetic analysis of problems faced by SRLs when interacting with the court system, and a call [...]

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Access to Justice All-Stars – Halton Legal Health Check-Up Program Community Partners

Our newest Access to Justice All-Stars are the 7 community partners in the Halton Legal Health Check-Up program (the Anglican Church of the Incarnation, Halton Multicultural Council, Employment Halton, Links2 Care, Voices for Change Halton, Halton Hills Family Health Team and St. Vincent de Paul at the Mary Mother of God Parish in Oakville). The Halton Legal Health Check-Up is a remarkable example of the effectiveness of community organizations working together on an access to justice problem. In the words [...]

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More Law Student Involvement in Programming For SRLs: The Family Court Support Worker Program

As we reported in our last e-blast (“Pro Bono Students Canada Begins Family Law Coaching Project at Windsor Law”) Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) is ramping up its involvement in programming that focuses on assisting and supporting self-represented litigants in family court. In another PBSC initiative, law students are working as volunteers alongside Family Court Support Workers from the Barbara Schlifer Clinic in Toronto. The Family Court Support program is available to those who have experienced domestic violence and abuse [...]

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