Julie Macfarlane's Blog – March 2014 Archive (4)

We Need to Get Family Justice Services and A2J on to the Political Agenda: The View from British Columbia

I have just returned from three days in British Columbia (Victoria and Vancouver) spent talking about the SRL Phenomenon – the numbers, its impact, and what kinds of change are needed to even begin to address the crisis in justice services.

I spoke with government officers and staff, lawyers, law students, judges and mediators. I was ably assisted in communicating the urgency of the problem by three local SRLs from the NSRLP Speakers Bank (thank you to Jennifer…


Added by Julie Macfarlane on March 24, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Great Equalizer: Why Both Represented & Self-Represented Litigants are Asking the Same Questions about the A2J Crisis

We know that the experience of self-representation in our justice system is remarkably consistent.

It takes enormous work and effort.

It is a frustrating, stressful and often an interminably long experience.

There are some good days – and many bad days.

And even those few whose good days outnumber their bad days acknowledge the very same work, effort, frustration and stress.…


Added by Julie Macfarlane on March 17, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

What Court Staff Told Us

A short summary document from our original research data and interviews with court staff: Read More

Added by Julie Macfarlane on March 16, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Launching “Coping with the Courtroom”: NSRLP Responds to What SRLs Tell Us They Need to be Functional – and perhaps even Effective – in Court

Whatever the stress and anxiety created by completing forms, filing and serving documents, and communicating with a lawyer on the other side, it is appearing in court – whether at a preliminary hearing, a case conference or a full trial – that is the most intensely anticipated and intimidating aspect of the SRL experience.

Even the most self-confident SRLs experience anxiety about speaking for themselves in front of a judge.  Even those who feel that they are…


Added by Julie Macfarlane on March 9, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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