Self-Represented Litigants in the Courts: How They Are Shaping the Jurisprudence


What happens to a system of expert legal adjudication when in some courts, up to three in four litigants are advocating for themselves without the assistance of counsel?


At the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, we began to realize about two years ago that a significant jurisprudence was being created around these questions. We successfully sought funding (from the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Foundation for Legal Research) to establish an ongoing research database for decisions regarding SRL costs, costs against them, procedural fairness issues (like judicial assistance) and vexatious litigants. Our goal is to populate the SRL Case Law Database with extensively analyzed relevant cases back to 2013, and then continue forward.


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