Imported from Canada: New Report/Analyses on Serving Self-Represented Litigants

Supreme Court of Canada
Supreme Court of Canada

Slaw, an online legal publication in Canada, picks up on a new report out of Alberta: the Centre For Public Legal Education Alberta’s  “Special Report: Self-Represented Litigants”.  Included in the special report. From Slaw’s summary:

  • What Self– Represented Litigants (Actually) Want: “Countless reports, working groups, and studies have asked this question, and reached diverse and creative conclusions. However, these papers often share one critical failing: none of them actually ask SRLs what they think. Enter the Self-Represented Litigants Project (Dr. Julie Macfarlane, “The National Self-Represented Litigants Project: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants“, May 2013) Dr. Macfarlane’s insightful Report has a premise that is as ground-breaking as it is simple – if we want to know what SRLs want and need, we should ask them.”
  • Small Claims Court: A Venue Made for Self-Represented Litigants: “[V]oluntary, non-litigation alternatives…such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration, are much touted [because of the time and money that can go into litigating case pro se]. However, litigation provides one major advantage, which is to force the other side to deal with the issue. The other good news about litigation is that there is a consumer, or layperson, form of litigation, generally known as small claims procedure, where technicality, expense and time for the parties is reduced. This article describes that procedure in Alberta. The other provinces and territories have very similar procedures.”

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