The purposes of the Self-Rep Navigators are:
- To support one another in providing limited scope retainer services.
- To advocate for issues affecting self-reps.
- To promote limited scope retainer practice.
Our members offer limited scope retainers in family law, civil litigation, trials and appeals, estates and criminal law.
How we began: Heather’s story
Before becoming a lawyer, Heather Hui-Litwin was a client and a self-represented litigant in a lengthy civil lawsuit. She understands the stress and challenges of being a litigant. When she was a self-represented litigant, Heather searched for lawyers who would provide consultations without success. While there are summary advice clinics, these are only offered to those with low income. That left Heather with little choice: either retain a lawyer outright or go through the lawsuit alone with no help.
As a result of her experience, Heather supports limited scope retainer services, where one can hire a licensee for a specific task, such as a consultation, drafting a document or representation at a specific Court appearance without the cost and commitment of full representation. However, Heather also realizes that the provision of limited scope retainers is a new way of doing things for licensees, one that has its own challenges.
Heather thought it would be a great idea to create an association for lawyers who offer limited scope retainer services. She met trial lawyer Mick Hassell who shared the same interest in access to justice. Their goal is that through the Self-Rep Navigators, there will be increasing awareness for lawyers and the public regarding limited scope retainers.