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…Continue
Added by Julie Macfarlane on March 24, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Julie Macfarlane on March 17, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Julie Macfarlane on March 9, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments