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Addressing the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants in the Canadian Justice System
Commissioned Reports and Studies
  • Trevor C. W. Farrow, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
  • Diana Lowe
  • Martha E. Simmons
  • Bradley Albrecht
  • Heather Manweiller
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Keywords
  • Pro se representation,
  • Justice, Administration of,
  • Actions and defenses,
  • Canada
Disciplines
Abstract

How can the Canadian justice system better assist self-represented litigants (SRLs) with their legal needs?

There is a service gap that exists in the Canadian justice system between what SRLs need and what is currently being provided. The system needs to better address how SRLs understand, avoid, manage and resolve their legal issues.

While the entire justice system has a role to play in understanding and addressing this question, courts and court administrators in particular have a central role to play. Some important efforts have begun to address the needs of SRLs. However, major challenges persist in providing adequate court services to SRLs.

Comments

A White Paper prepared for the Association of Canadian Court Administrators (ACCA).

Citation Information
Trevor C. W. Farrow, Diana Lowe, Martha E. Simmons, Bradley Albrecht, et al.. "Addressing the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants in the Canadian Justice System" Toronto and Edmonton(2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/trevor_farrow/106/