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41-1: Self-Represented Litigants

lawnow-41-1-coverRepresenting yourself in court is a daunting task. This issue of LawNow offers some suggestions for success.

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Volume 41-1  Sept/Oct 2016

Table of Contents

Featured Articles: Self-Represented Litigants

Special Report: Media and the Law




Featured Articles: Self-Represented Litigants

Self-Represented Litigants have Mountains to Climb!
Owen Le Blanc
Self-Represented litigants present a host of challenges to some of the core assumptions of our legal system.

Your Self-Representation Road Map: Five Steps to Success
Devlin Farmer
Representing yourself can be hard work.  Here is some practical advice about how to get through it.

Hurdles for Self-Represented Litigants in Small Claims Court
Amer Mushtaq
Small Claims Court seems ideal for claimants to represent themselves, but there are still rules and procedures to follow.

Being Self-Represented can be Taxing!
Owen Le Blanc
Canadians can represent themselves in Tax Court and some help is available.

Representing Yourself at the Alberta Appeals Commission for Worker’s Compensation
Lynn Parish
There is help available for self-represented injured workers to guide them through the appeals process.

The Law of Costs and the Cost of Law
Peter Bowal and John Rollet
Even if you choose to represent yourself in court, you should be aware of some of the expenses involved.


Special Report: Media and the Law

Journalists Feel the Chill in a Changing Media World
John Cooper
Libel chill in today’s media can mean that important and controversial stories may not be told.

Freedom of Expression, Publication Bans and the Media
Linda McKay-Panos
Publication bans balance freedom  of expression and freedom of the press against the public’s right to know about judicial proceedings.

Kent v. Postmedia: The Largest Individual Defamation Award Given in Alberta
Kent Jesse
Defamation cases rarely go to trial in Alberta and even more rarely is the Plaintiff granted substantial damages. Arthur Kent changed that.

Bieber and Beachclub: What is Defamation in the Social Media Era?
Matt Gordon
In pop culture and the law, social media is everywhere. A careless tweet can amount to defamation.


Teresa Mitchell


Family Law
Sarah Dargatz
Obtaining Evidence in High Conflict Parenting Disputes – Part 1: Lawyers for Children

Human Rights Law
Linda McKay-Panos
Gender Equality in Canadian Politics

Debtor and Creditor Law
Doug Hoyes  
Divorce and Bankruptcy Law in Canada

Landlord and Tenant Law
Judy Feng
Having Problems with another Tenant?

Employment Law
Peter Bowal and Lora Walsh
Legal Remedies at the Human Rights Commission

Not-for-Profit Law
Peter Broder
Prevention and Relief of Poverty

Criminal Law
Melody Izadi
No Warrant to Swab Your Genitals? No Problem!

Famous Cases
Peter Bowal and Mark Kelndorfer
Whatever happened to…. R. v Oakes?

Law and Literature
Rob Normey
The Extraordinary Criminal at the Heart of The Man Without Qualities


Lesley Conley
Lesley Conley
Lesley Conley is a Project Coordinator with the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

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