Lisa Eisen’s Family Law Workshop

The Family Law Workshop   More practical and affordable small group workshops are coming to Richmond Hill from The Family Law Workshop, led by family lawyers Susan Blackwell and Lisa Eisen.   Family Court Without a Lawyer Nov 30 @ Bayview Hill Community Centre (6:30 – 8:30 pm) This workshop is designed to give self-represented litigants much needed guidance on going to family court without […]

Happy Thanksgiving

When I pitched the idea of the Self-Rep Navigators to Mick Hassell a few years ago, I really did not expect much. All I thought was how nice it would be for a group of lawyers who offer “limited scope retainer”  to get together to support one another.  Our group has steadily grown since then. We even have committees in place! We have a few LSUC […]

Costs for Self-Represented Litigants

Recently, there was a ruling on costs for a matter in which both the Applicant and the Respondent to a Motion to Change child support were self-represented. The case is Genga v Colaianni 2017 ONSC 4709 .  The successful Applicant was awarded $3000 in costs from a claimed amount of $6714.63.  Costs should be awarded so that it is fair and reasonable “from the perspective of […]

Or You Could Settle Your Case

Most people in Court should work things out.  Why don’t you settle your case? There’s generally a lot of fingerpointing at the other side: “I’m in Court because of them”. That may be so, but a lot of time the finger pointer hasn’t given settlement a good try. How can you settle your case? Get a strategy together: one for litigation and one for settlement. Arrange […]

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 […]

Self-Rep Navigators Professor Macfarlane and Joel Miller in the News

Self-Rep Navigator honorary member Professor Julie Mcfarlane and Member Joel Miller of The Family Law Coach were recently featured in a Toronto Star article: Concept of ‘unbundled’ legal services gaining support. “It’s kind of piecemeal work, so you say to a painter: OK, I can’t afford to hire you to paint my entire house, but I hate doing the ceilings,” University of Windsor law professor Julie Macfarlane […]

Common Law or Common Sense?

By Mick Hassell Self-Service Litigation Garage The “common law” is a reference to Judge-made law.  Judges’ decisions form the common law. It is easy to get lost in a maze of common law, it is worth appreciating that most law, whether statues (made by government) or common law (made by Judges). What is generally more important than the law is the facts.  The facts generally tell […]

What Every Unrepresented Party Should Know About Their Rights in Court

By James Cooper In the decade since the Canadian Judicial Council published its Statement of Principles on Self-Represented Litigants and Accused Persons, there has been a developing body of case law across Ontario that recognizes the obligation of trial judges to sensitize themselves to the unique needs of litigants who represent themselves at court. The CJC’s Statement of Principles, though advisory in nature, has […]

Lawyer Retainer Agreement Myths

By James Cooper As you probably know, before I became a lawyer, I was a client and then, a self-represented litigant. When I was a client, I felt very intimidated by my lawyer.  I assumed that I had no choice but to accept the retainer agreement as is. In other words, the thought of negotiating a retainer agreement with a lawyer never crossed my mind. […]

Supreme Court of Canada to Determine a Case Affecting All Self-Represented Litigants

By Mick Hassell Self-Service Litigation Garage How much help should Courts give to self-reps? The Supreme Court of Canada is going to rule on a case that will affect self-represented litigants across the nation. The case is Valentin Pintea v. Dale Johns, et al. and a summary of the case is available by clicking here. In a nutshell, the Court will address how far a Court […]

Steps in a Civil Lawsuit with Template Forms

By Mick Hassell Self-Service Litigation Garage Civil litigation refers to legal disputes between private parties. In a civil action, the plaintiff claims a sum of money from the defendant. In a civil application, the applicant requests the Court determine a point of law against the respondent. Actions and applications can result in trials over disputed facts. Below is a brief outline of the main stages in […]

View from the Other Side of the Desk

When our lawsuit began,  I did not know much about lawyers or what a lawyer’s work entails. To me, lawyers were intelligent, assertive, fearless, articulate and opinionated. As I did not think I had such qualities, I never aspired to become a lawyer. Furthermore, I thought that all lawyers were equally competent to practice in all areas of law. I believed that lawyers learned everything they needed […]

National Database of Professionals Assisting SRLs

Honorary Member Professor Julie Mcfarlane of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project had recently released a National Database of Professionals Assisting SRLs. The Self-Rep Navigators support this tremendous initiative at it will play an important role in connecting self-reps with lawyers and other service providers that work with self-reps. Share This:

The 3 Steps and 6 Parts of Any Case

By Mick Hassell Self-Service Litigation Garage Litigation and trials can be overwhelming if you lose sight of the big picture. Keep it simple and bear in mind that any case has 3 steps: Gathering information; Processing information; and Presenting information. Furthermore, any case has 6 fundamental parts: Story (theory of the case) People (witnesses) Documents and Things (exhibits) Law of Evidence (what can and can’t be used) […]

Self-Rep Navigators in The Lawyers Weekly

Top Judges push for unbundled legal services: Honorary Member Professor Julie McFarlane and Co-Founder Mick Hassell were recently quoted in The Lawyers Weekly speaking about unbundled services for self-reps and in particular the National Database of Professionals Assisting Self-Represented Litigants. Click here to preview the article in The Lawyers Weekly Share This:

Can a corporation represent itself in civil litigation in Superior Court?

By Mick Hassell Self-Service Litigation Garage The question of self-representation for corporations is on the mind of a lot of small business owners who are incorporated and involved in civil litigation in Superior Court as a plaintiff or defendant.  Superior Court litigation is slow and expensive.  Many small businesses experience litigation burnout, where they lose so much time and money litigating that claims and defences fall apart […]