The Ministry of the Attorney General and the Law Society of Upper Canada are conducting a review of family law to improve access to justice. Read NSRLP’s submission to the Ontario Family Legal Services Review, charged with reviewing the regulatory framework for providing family legal services in Ontario here.
Finding a way to communicate the struggles experienced by SRLs to those who work everyday in the justice system – and for whom its complexities and anachronisms are commonplace and familiar – is a real challenge. A critical part of NSRLP’s mission to help unpack some of the simple stereotypes about SRLs – for example, that they are intentionally creating difficulties, that they are enjoying the lonely experience of self-representation, or that they prefer to represent themselves than have a [...]
The NSRLP will hold “Bring a Self-Represented Litigant to School Day” at Windsor Law on March 14th. The purpose of the event is to build awareness among law students of the challenges that self-represented litigants (SRLs) face and the impact of SRLs on the justice system. Similar to last year’s event, a group of invited local SRLs will visit Windsor Law for the day and join law students for classes. They will be welcomed to the law school by Dean Chris [...]
Reflecting Law Week 2014’s theme of “Access to Justice: What Does it Mean to You?” the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (a project of the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor) hosted “SRL (Self-Represented Litigant) For a Day” on Wednesday, April 16th at two downtown Toronto courthouses. SRL for a Day was a shadowing event in which seven prominent members of the legal community experienced what it is like to be a “SRL For a Day”. The participants were guided around [...]
We have asked law students who, prior to law school, represented themselves in court, “what they wish they had known” when they were self-reps that they have learned since entering law school. We have included three of the responses we have received to date below, and as we continue to go through the many responses we have received, we will continue to share them with you. We hope that this conversation will provide some practical information to self-reps and continue [...]