Navigator Meeting October 13, 2020

In our final quarterly meeting of 2020, Samuel Michaels will talk about the online tools that are available to self-represented litigants. We will also have an update on court procedures, such as Caselines and Justice Services Online. Speakers include Heather Douglas and Meagan LePage. Meeting will be on Zoom. Link will be provided to members by email. For information on joining this group, please see […]

Letter to the Attorney General of Ontario

Modernization of Ontario Courts and Self-Represented Litigants May 28, 2020 Attorney General Downey, RE: Modernization of Ontario Courts and Self-Represented Litigants We are the Self-Rep Navigators, an association of lawyers in Ontario who offer limited scope or unbundled services to self-represented litigants. We are responding to your invitation (Twitter April 30, 2020) to provide comments on the modernization of our courts.  We commend the Ministry’s […]

Top 3 Pragmatic Co-Parenting during COVID-19

**This article originally appeared in Ricketts Harris’s page: We thank Elizabeth Mourao for her permission in reproducing it here.** It isn’t easy to co-parent during these days: social distancing, extended school closures, and working from home make parenting difficult. Elizabeth Mourao has put together her top three tips for separated parents on how to navigate this difficult time while co-parenting. Elizabeth can be reached […]

Who can represent me in Court?

This article addresses who can represent someone in Court or before a Tribunal in Ontario. The foundational law is Ontario’s Law Society Act which a sections 1(6), 1(7) and 1(8) defines what providing legal services are. The by-laws under the Law Society Act and in particular by-law 4 provides further information. You – any party in a proceeding can be self-represented, unless they are a […]

Navigator Meeting

Our first meeting will be held on Jan. 14, 2020. We will be discussing the case Meehan v Good 2017 ONCA 103 (CanLII),, as well as our usual roundtable discussions on limited scope retainer practice. Share This:

October 9 meeting

The Self-Rep Navigators will begin at 5 pm on October 9, 2018 (Details are emailed to members.) For today, it’s “open discussion”. We look forward to listening to each  member talk about their experience in offering limited scope services.     Share This:

5 questions to ask before starting a civil appeal in Ontario

Brooke MacKenzie, MacKenzie Barristers P.C. You just received an unfavourable decision from the court. You disagree with the outcome, and you’re disappointed you lost. It’s natural for your first instinct to be to appeal. Before you rush into this, however, there are a few things you need to know about the procedure to follow on appeal and what it takes for an appellate court to […]

Spring Meeting

The Navigators will meet on April 18, 2018 to discuss practice issues specific to limited scope retainers. Chair of this session is Sam Michaels. This session has been approved for 1 hour of professionalism content by the Law Society of Ontario. Share This:

Workshop: Going to Family Court Without a Lawyer

Going to Family Court Without a Lawyer by The Family Law Workshop Thur. March 22, 6:15 – 8:15 pm @ Toronto Public Library – Roncesvalles Register @ This workshop is designed to give self-represented litigants much needed guidance on going to family court without a lawyer.  The Top 10 Tips cover how to fill out court forms, negotiate with lawyers, follow court rules and much more.  […]

Understanding Family Law by The Family Law Workshop

Dealing with separation and divorce is complicated.  Come to our Understanding Family Law workshop and learn how family law can help you solve real life problems, what custody, support and property division really mean, what happens at court and the alternatives to court. This small and interactive group workshop covers the basics of family law with practical, reliable and affordable family law information from experienced […]

January Working Meeting

Our first working meeting in 2018 will be held on Jan. 11 at Mick Hassell’s office. Please note that this meeting is open to members only. This meeting is accredited for 1 CPD professionalism hour. Our Chair for the meeting: Sina Hariri Share This:

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, 2017 @ 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 […]

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 […]

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 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 a story that […]

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 already […]

Lawyer Retainer Agreement Myths

Before Heather Hui-Litwin became a lawyer, she was a client and then, a self-represented litigant. When Heather was a client, she felt very intimidated by my lawyer.  She assumed that she 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 her mind. Heather’s colleague, James Cooper, a lawyer in Toronto, […]

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 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) Procedure (how to […]

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 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 spend so much time and money litigating that claims and defences fall apart due to […]