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Representing Yourself at the Tax Court

The Tax Court of Canada has gone to some lengths to make information available for self-represented taxpayers who want to appeal a tax decision.  The website of the Court prominently displays a tab for Self-represented litigants.  Under the tab there is a wealth of information about forms, procedures and the Court itself.  This information can […]


Owen Le Blanc
Owen Leblanc is a law student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. This article was produced as a project in the Pro Bono Students Canada program.

Hurdles for Self-Represented Litigants in Small Claims Court

The rules and processes at Small Claims Court were designed to be simple and flexible, so that everyday people could have their disputes resolved without hiring lawyers or paralegals. However, the reality is that many self-represented litigants continue to face significant hurdles in accessing the justice system through Small Claims Court without professional help. ..the […]


Amer Mushtaq
Amer Mushtaq: Amer Mushtaq is a Toronto lawyer and the founder of Formative LLP, YouCounsel and YouCounselForums. YouCounsel provides online legal courses in easy to follow steps for everyday people whereas YouCounselForums provides a platform for everyone to share legal knowledge and experience with the judicial system.

Self-Represented Parties at the Alberta Appeals Commission for Worker’s Compensation

The Alberta Appeals Commission for Worker’s Compensation is a tribunal that hears appeals from decisions made by the Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB). In Alberta the scheme for worker’s compensation is governed by the terms of the Worker’s Compensation Act RSA c. W- 15 and WCB policies that amplify the provisions of the Act. The WCB […]


Lynn Parish
Lynn Parish is an Edmonton lawyer who currently works as Hearing Chair for the Alberta Appeals Commission for Worker's Compensation.

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.

Small Claims Court: A Venue Made for Self-Represented Litigants

Introduction A few years ago, while stopped on a major road in congested Calgary commuter traffic, our vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle.  We were hit with such force that our car was pushed into the car in front of us.  The road and visibility were excellent and we all knew the cause […]


Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

Jacqueline Bowal
Jacqueline Bowal is a student at the University of Calgary.

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