The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) is committed to advancing understanding of the challenges and hard choices facing the very large numbers of Canadians who now come to court without counsel.

The NSRLP works to promote dialogue and collaboration among all those affected by the self-represented litigant phenomenon, both justice system professionals and litigants themselves. We regularly publish resources designed specifically for SRLs, as well as research reports that examine the implications for the justice system.

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Submissions from 2021

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Struggling for Accommodation: Barriers to Accessibility faced by Cognitively Disabled Self-Represented Litigants, Shannon Meikle; Silvia Battaglia,; and Julie Macfarlane

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Tracking the Trends of the Self-Represented Litigant Phenomenon: Data from the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, 2019-2021, Julie Macfarlane and Charlotte Sullivan

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Pintea v Johns: An Updated Commentary, Anjanee Naidu and Julie Macfarlane

Submissions from 2020

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Tracking the Trends of the Self-Represented Litigant Phenomenon: Data from the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, 2018/2019, Kaila Scarrow, Brandon Fragomeni, and Julie Macfarlane

Submissions from 2019

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Self-Represented Litigants & Legal Doctrines of “Vexatiousness” - An Interim Report from The National Self-Represented Litigants Project, Julie Macfarlane and Megan Campbell

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Access to Justice Annotated Bibliography: February 2019 V.6, Megan Campbell

Submissions from 2018

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Continuing the Dialogue, Julie Macfarlane, Moya McAlister, and Rebecca Flynn

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Pintea v Johns: 18 Months Later, Kaila Scarrow and Julie Macfarlane

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Substantial & Punitive Costs Awards Against Self-Represented Litigants, Julie Macfarlane and Ashley Haines

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Is Access to Court Transcripts in Canada an A2J Issue?, Julie Macfarlane, Kaila Scarrow, and Becky Robinet

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When Judges See SRLs, Do They See Gender? Observations on Gendered Characterizations in Judgment, Julie Macfarlane and Sandra Shushani

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Tracking the Trends of the Self-Represented Litigant Phenomenon: Data from the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, 2017, Kaila Scarrow, Julie Macfarlane, and Becky Robinet

Submissions from 2017

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Introducing the Self-Represented Litigant Case Law Database, Lidia Imbrogno, Julie Macfarlane, and Sandra Shushani

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Family Legal Services Review Submission on Paralegal Practice, Julie Macfarlane

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Family Legal Services Review Submission on Unbundling & Legal Coaching, Nikki Gershbain

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Access to Justice Annotated Bibliography: May 2017 V.5, Joanna Pawlowski

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Tracking the Continuing Trends of the Self-Represented Litigants Phenomenon: Data from the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, 2015-2016, Julie Macfarlane, Gurleen Gill, and Piper Riley Thompson

Submissions from 2015

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The Use of Summary Judgment Procedures Against Self-Represented Litigants: Efficient Case Management or Denial of Access to Justice?, Julie Macfarlane, Katrina Trask, and Erin Chesney

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Tracking the Continuing Trends of the Self-Represented Litigant Phenomenon, Julie Macfarlane, Erin Chesney, and Susan Rice

Submissions from 2013

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Opening the Dialogue: The SRL Phenomenon - Final Event Report, Julie Macfarlane

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The National Self-Represented Litigants Project: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants Final Report, Julie Macfarlane

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The National Self-Represented Litigants Project: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants Final Report, Julie Macfarlane

Submissions from 2012

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What Court Staff Told Us: A Summary from the National Self-Represented Litigants Study 2011-2012, Julie Macfarlane and Hannah Bahmanpour