Fee-for-service Online Education for Self-Represented Litigants (in Canada)

Canada_flag_map.svgI’m surprised more of this hasn’t emerged already in both the US and Canada: pay a fee, get an online tutorial on how to represent yourself in a particular legal case/forum/process.  From Canadian Lawyer:

“Human rights lawyer Amer Mushtaq is trying to streamline access to justice for self-representing litigants going through the Ontario small claims court system with an online course he has developed.

Individuals hoping to represent themselves in a dispute — whether they are filing or responding to a claim — can take the $199 online course prior to filing or attending trial in order to understand the complex process. The video guide is broken up into steps with PowerPoint slideshow presentation addressing key issues self-representing litigants tend to face.

After looking deeper into the issue last year, Mushtaq was surprised to learn that very little help was available online for the average individual.

‘I found really nothing. There is some information from the Ministry of Attorney General, which gives you some guidance about what to do in small claims court, but nothing concrete,’ he says.”

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There is, in fact, support already in place for…Ontario-ites? Ontarians?…people from Ontario, and Canadians elsewhere.  The National Self-Represented Litigants Project focuses squarely on easing access-to-justice for SRLs, and maintains a fairly robust resource library.  Nonetheless, I’d figured it was a matter of time before this large market for SRL support got more commoditized, especially if the offerings are very particular in terms of court, case type, and jurisdiction.

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