NSRLP Website Reaches 91 countries, 27,000 readersNSRLP
The NSRLP website recorded a fantastic 27,000 views from no fewer than 91 countries in 2014. To put this number into perspective, 27,000 people would be 10 sold-out performances at the Sydney Opera House.
The busiest day of the year with the most hits on the website (almost 800) was September 22, 2014, shortly after we released the Open Letter to the Canadian Judiciary https://representingyourselfcanada.com/2014/09/15/an-open-letter-to-the-canadian-judiciary-a-first-step-towards-a-dialogue-between-reasonable-people/ – this was also the most read blog of the year. The same week also saw big spikes in our Twitter and Facebook activity, with many new followers/ members, and we received an avalanche of emails from members of the public. The Open Letter seemed to resonate with many ordinary Canadians who have experienced difficulties speaking for themselves in court and would appreciate more understanding of their plight. Unfortunately there has been no response from the Canadian Judicial Council, to whom the letter was sent, despite a number of follow-ups.
However we ended the year on a positive note with the publication of a terrific paper written by five judges from across Canada entitled “Working with SRLs: Tips and Suggestions from the Bench.” If you have not taken a look yet at this creative, concrete and sympathetic document, please do so https://representingyourselfcanada.com/working-with-srls-ideas-and-suggestions-from-the-bench
We are thrilled to report that it is being incorporated into judicial training at the National Judicial Institute, and widely disseminated among judges in many provinces.