Judges Can and Do Help Self-Reps

In the recent case of Sae-Bin Im v BMO Investorline Inc., Justice Kristjanson addressed the responsibility of the Court to self-represented litigants.  The decision arose in the context of an in-writing motion, where there was no response filed to the self-rep’s motion.

Citing the Canadian Judicial Council’s “Statement of Principles on Self-Represented Litigants and Accused Persons”, the Court went on to make a ruling that included an explanation of law and in particular procedure and limitations.

A balance was struck by the Court between the limits a Judge must provide and a Judge’s responsibility to self-reps.

To review the decision, please follow this link: http://canlii.ca/t/gwq5n

Mick Hassell

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