NSRLP has been releasing regular research reports this summer, with three already launched and another three in the pipeline.
- Lidia Imbrogno & Julie Macfarlane’s “Cost Awards for Self-Represented Litigants” is an important new resource for both SRLs and lawyers;
- Sandra Sushani & Julie Macfarlane’s “When Judges See SRLs, Do They See Gender?” is an analysis of judicial descriptions and evaluations of female SRLs that appear to reflect common stereotypes (a report looking at how this plays out with male SRLs in relation to “vexatious behavior” is in progress);
- and Kaila Scarrow, Becky Robinet & Julie Macfarlane’s “Is Access to Transcripts an Access to Justice Issue?” presents our cross-Canada research on how to obtain a transcript of your hearing.
Upcoming in the next few months are more reports based on the SRL Case Law Database dealing with punitive and substantial cost awards against SRLs, the developing caselaw on judicial assistance for SRLs in the year since the Supreme Court of Canada decided Pintea v Johns, and an analysis of the use and impact of both formal vexatious litigant designations and the “labelling” of SRLs as vexatious in judicial decision-making across the country.
Also, watch for our announcement this Fall, when we plan to mount the entire SRL Case Law Database on the NSRLP website, fully searchable, free, and accessible for all legal researchers.