Small Steps towards Big Goals

Small Steps towards Big Goals

We are excited to introduce a new regular feature to our E-blasts: documenting the most interesting and encouraging developments impacting Access to Justice for SRLs as we come across them.

With a goal as big as Access to Justice, all incremental steps should be promoted as widely as possible.

  • NuLawLab at Northeastern University is in the final stages of developing a SRL Game that will give SRLs the chance to practice courtroom appearances and be guided through the most effective and appropriate ways to present their cases. For further information, contact Executive Director Dan Jackson at
  • The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently posted a public advertisement for a Master and added the stipulation that “a Master must manage a busy court and the expectations of members of the Bar and self-represented litigants in a fair, firm, and balanced way, taking into account access to justice concerns”. Read about it in Law Courts Center’s “Briefly” newsletter.

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Comments (3)

  • sandra olson

    while these are some small steps forward, the court system is so far behind, it would be impossible to go any further back. I will again state, when the courts declare a self represented as vexatious, and bans them from court, you destroy the charter rights to access to justice to a member of the public. and if it is because you say the case has no merit, but no examination of the evidence has been permitted by the courts, despite being repeatedly requested, then this is all just bull. as long as the courts continue to act this way, they can appoint anyone they like. it is all icing on a pile of horse manure.

    September 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm
  • sandra olson

    the legal system has all the characteristics of psychopathy. no conscience, no empathy, a refusal to admit to or take responsibility for their incorrect actions, a determination to get what they want, even if it means falsifying evidence and data. hiding data and evidence, destroying any evidence that is proof of an incorrect action etc. psycopaths do not change. they are under the impression they are better then everyone else.

    September 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm
  • sandra olson

    there is a phycologist named Hare. he has developed a test to indicate the personality traits of the psychopath. he has also compiled a list of the top 10 careers likely to have the largest number of psycopaths in them. three of those are lawyers, policemen and doctors. now judges are simply lawyers clever enough to work the
    system to get promoted faster. so, we have the most likely career choice for psycopaths, all operating the judicial system, and we are now expecting them to become caring and honest people. I would not want to count on that.

    September 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm

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