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Going it alone? Resources for Self-Represented Litigants

Increasingly, people are finding themselves in court without a lawyer to represent them. They are known as “self-represented litigants” (SRLs for short).  The National Self-Represented Litigants Research Study conducted by Dr. Julie Macfarlane revealed that, generally, this is not because individuals have decided that lawyers are unnecessary. In fact, “[b]y far the most consistently cited […]


Marilyn Doyle
Marilyn Doyle
Marilyn Doyle is a library technician in Edmonton.

What Self–Represented Litigants (Actually) Want

What should we do about self-represented litigants (SRLs)? Amid a backdrop of skyrocketing legal fees, decreased public funding, and a resultant wave of self-representation, this question seems to be on every reformer’s mind. Countless reports, working groups, and studies have asked this question, and reached diverse and creative conclusions. However, these papers often share one […]


Sarah Burton
This article is reprinted with the permission of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. Sarah Burton was a staff lawyer with the Centre at the time this article was written.

Vol 37-4: Mar/Apr 2013

  Full PDF of this Issue   Table of Contents Featured Articles: Environmental Causes Special Report: Helping Yourself Departments Columns Printable PDF version   Featured Articles: Environmental Causes Canadians treasure their environment, and for many, preventing its degradation becomes a cause. The law can be used in some interesting and unique ways to help the […]


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