Architects of Justice the Podcast: Episode 3: Going Solo
September 20, 2017 | By TAG_Admin |
Sylvia Green is a retired teacher who has been dealing with a legal estate case on her own since 2011. She found navigating a complex system on her own to be incredibly overwhelming and intimidating. When she discovered Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), a volunteer-based legal services organization, she found guidance and ultimately the confidence to represent herself in court. She shares her journey with us.
David Milosevic, a volunteer lawyer for over nine years at PBO, explains how far a little bit of professional help goes with self-represented litigants (also known as self-reps). Although some legal professionals see the growing phenomenon of self-represented litigants as a nuisance to the justice system, David disagrees. He argues instead for a cultural shift where courts find ways to better accommodate people who are representing themselves.
We also talk to Brian Houghton, Litigations Projects Manager at PBO, Jennifer Leitch, Research Fellow at the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice and Julie Macfarlane, Director, National Self-Represented Litigants Project, who provide an overview of how the self-rep experience is changing the legal system in Ontario.