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The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) fully supports the recommendations made by Justice Bonkalo in her Family Legal Services Review to broaden Access to Justice for family litigants.

This submission will focus on the recommendations regarding the extension of paralegal practice into some family cases, and the licensing of qualified paralegals who can offer these services to family litigants. A second and separate submission, written by our Research Fellow Nikki Gershbain, sets out our arguments (framed in the context of the NSRLP’s 2013 Study, “Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants”, and Nikki’s stakeholder consultations) for an institutional adoption and promotion of unbundled legal services and legal coaching.

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