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.
- Sylvia Green
- Brian Houghton
Litigations Projects Manager, Pro Bono Ontario
- Jennifer Leitch
Research Fellow, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice
Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
- David Milosevic
Litigator, Milosevic Fiske LLP
Volunteer, Pro Bono Ontario
- Julie Macfarlane
Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor
Project Director, National Self-Represented Litigants Project
Want to learn more about self-represented litigants? Check out these resources:
- Having a Say: Democracy, Access to Justice and Self-Represented Litigants
- The National Self-Represented Litigants Project: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants Final Report
Want to learn more about being a self-represented litigant? Check out this guide from the Ontario Court of Justice.
This program contains 15 minutes of Professionalism Content.