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Addressing the Needs of Self-represented Litigants in the Canadian Justice System: a White Paper Prepared for the Association of Canadian Court Administrators

This paper identifies the service gaps faced by self-represented litigants (SRLs) in the Canadian justice system. It also makes recommendations about how to better meet the needs of SRLs in Canada. The authors note that the ability of court staff to provide meaningful service to SRLs has traditionally been limited by the unclear and often unhelpful distinction between “legal information” and “legal advice”. In order to address this issue, they call for establishing set criteria and training regimens to provide guidance to court staff on what they can and cannot do, referring to a model used in several jurisdictions in the United States.

Author: Albrecht, Bradley; Farrow, Trevor C.W.; Lowe, Diana; Manweiller, Heather
Title of Work: Addressing the Needs of Self-represented Litigants in the Canadian Justice System: a White Paper Prepared for the Association of Canadian Court Administrators
Date: 2012
Organization: Association of Canadian Court Administrators
URL: Click here http://www.cfcj-fcjc.org/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Addressing%20the%20Needs%20of%20SRLs%20ACCA%20White%20Paper%20March%202012%20Final%20Revised%20Version.pdf
Topic: Access to Justice & PLE development and delivery
Location of Authoring Organization by Country: Canada
Location of Authoring Organization by Province/ State (unless national entity): Ontario and Alberta
Availability: Full report online
Language: English