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The National Self-Represented Litigants Project

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) builds on the National Self-Represented Litigants (SRL’s) Research Study conducted by Dr. Julie Macfarlane from 2011-2013. NSRLP is committed to collaboration to enhance the responsiveness of the Canadian justice system to SRL’s, and to continuing dialogue among the stakeholders who include SRL’s, lawyers, judges and court services staff. NSRLP is also acting as a clearinghouse for information and resources related to the SRL phenomenon.

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This primer is designed to help self-represented litigants (SRLs) navigate CanLII in order to prepare for the presentation of their cases - in court, in chambers, or as part of a negotiation or mediation. CanLII ...
Also available in: French
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Provides info on what to expect on your day in court (What does the courtroom look like? When do I stand & sit? How do I address the judge?). Includes practical information on how to present your evidence, how to ...
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As a self-represented litigant, you may bring someone to sit with you at the front of a courtroom when you are appearing before a judge or master. You must ask the judge for permission for this person – often a friend ...
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This primer helps you prepare and navigate the settlement processes you may encounter during your time as a self-represented litigant. Includes personal & strategic tips specific to the process.
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This guide helps self-represented litigants (SRLs) with reading case reports. It gives advice to SRLs on how to read and use case law in their legal research and is a companion to the Can Lll primer. It also includes a ...
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This guide is for self-represented litigants (SRLs) who are also people with disabilities (PWDs). It provides information on disability accommodations and resources in the justice system. It includes a list of ...
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This guide outlines the steps that are required to order court transcripts in each province/territory. It is a compilation of information obtained from court websites, telephone & email conversations with court ...
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This self-help resource provides information and instructions for creating an affidavit. It also contains an example affidavit.
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This initial "getting you started" primer gives an overview of the self-rep process, and the other guides you can find from us on various topics. If you are or are going to be a self-represented litigant in family or ...
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This checklist helps you prepare yourself before going to court. This version includes some examples. Check out the link to "other formats" below, which gives you a blank version of the checklist that you can customize.
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