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Civil Matters - Resources for Self Represented LItigants

Being a self represented litigant means that you do not have a lawyer and are choosing to represent yourself in a legal proceeding. LawCentraAlberta provides links to basic information resources that may be of assistance to you,  as well as those listed in the other Preparing for Court sections (see the menu on the left).

To get started and learn more about representing yourself in civil matters check out the following LawCentral topic pages and suggested resources listed below:

CPLEA Suggested Resources

Not sure where to begin finding answers to your questions. Get started with our suggested resources. See additional resources below for more information.

Guides for Self-Represented Litigants: civil law, criminal law, and family law

These handbooks developed by the Canadian Judicial Council are intended as helpful guides for people who are navigating the justice system without a lawyer to prepare and present their legal case. The Council has created three handbooks that contain a wealth of information on family law, civil law and criminal law in Canada. The information is provided in an easy to understand format, with various worksheets, useful tips, explanations of legal terms and concrete examples to guide litigants throughout the legal process.

To view the handbooks, click on the links below:

To view all resources of the Canadian Judicial Council see:

Related legal topic(s): Civil law, Criminal law general resources, Family law general resources, Self-representation

Alberta Resources

An instructional video from the Canadian Bar Association Alberta branch demonstrates the basics of procedure in civil court for non-lawyers. It is about 25 minutes in length, and uses common types of courtroom disputes to explain the kinds of evidence you may need for your case as well as how to organize and present that evidence to the judge.

Related legal topic(s): Courts and court judgments, Legal process, Self-representation

This website from Alberta Courts provides access to videos about the various Mediation programs available for the Civil (non-family) Mediation program and the Family and Child Intervention

Related legal topic(s): Family law general resources, Legal process, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

The Alberta Court of Justice is primarily the point of first entry into the justice system. The Provincial Court hears most of the criminal and civil cases in Alberta. All criminal cases start in Provincial Court, and 95% conclude there. Most civil cases also take place in Alberta Court of Justice. For example, cases involving landlord and tenant, most other claims involving less than $100,000 and many traffic, regulatory and bylaw enforcement hearings take place here. A majority of family law cases and child welfare cases are also heard by the Alberta Court of Justice.

This website contains forms that are available for use by the Bar and other members of the public, as well as notices governing practices or procedures within the different regions or divisions of the Provincial Court.

Related legal topic(s): Civil law, Courts and court judgments, Legal process

This section of the Alberta Court of Justice website explains about using mediation to resolve a lawsuit. You may request mediation or the court may select your lawsuit for mediation once a Dispute Note has been filed. This program is free to the parties involved.

Related legal topic(s): Mediation and alternative dispute resolution

Download forms for applying to the Alberta Court of King’s Bench dealing with non-contentious surrogate (wills and estates) matters.

Related legal topic(s): Wills and estates

Alberta Court of Justice - Civil, commonly known as small claims court. Alberta Court of Justice - Civil is designed for ordinary people to handle their legal disputes without the need to hire a lawyer. This website provides access to the forms and publications related to the civil claim process. Includes matters dealing with residential tenancies and mobile home sites.

Court forms information coordinators are available to assist with locating court forms and providing information on when to use them and how to fill them out.

Further information on this service and locations can be found on the Court and Justice Services (CJS) website.

Related legal topic(s): Legal process, Self-representation

Do you need help with a civil matter in Provincial Court? Volunteer lawyers can provide legal advice, information on court procedures, help preparing for trials, motions and other appearances, including help completing forms. This service is available at the Calgary Courts Centre. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The program does not assist with: family, criminal or corporate law matters, matters in Court of King's Bench or other Appeal Courts, and pre-trial conferences and mediations.

Related legal topic(s): Legal services

Do you need help with a civil matter in Provincial Court? Civil Claims Duty Counsel can provide help with: summary legal advice, procedural information, help with trials, mortions and other appearances, an help completing forms. The service is available at the Edmonton Law Courts Building. Please note: This program does not assist with family or criminal law matters.

Related legal topic(s): Legal services

On this Alberta Provincial Court webpage you will find pages that sets out the Civil Claims Process. The content has been ordered based on the flow that a Civil Claim action goes through in Provincial Court Civil.

Related legal topic(s): Civil actions, Civil law, Legal process, Self-representation, Small claims court

The "Civil Matters: What to Do in Court" video provides tips and information on how to prepare for a Civil Claims trial if you are a Plaintiff, Defendant or Witness, including what documents you may need, how to present evidence, and how to address the judge. Video Transcripts are available in:  English | Spanish | French | Arabic | Hindi | Punjabi | Urdu

Related legal topic(s): Civil actions, Legal process, Self-representation

The information presented in this brochure includes a generaldescription of proceedings in court, some specific information on the procedures involved when you want to sue someone or are being sued,and suggestions on how to prepare your case.It is recommended that you read this entire booklet before commencing the Civil Claims process.

Related legal topic(s): Civil actions, Legal process, Self-representation, Small claims court

Search for actions in Civil, Family, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Apeals, Surroget - Estate and Surrogate - Represented Adult. Use this online form to request a search of civil actions in Alberta Court of King's Bench, or to request a search of a specific action either by party name or by court action/ file number.

Related legal topic(s): Bankruptcy and foreclosure, Civil actions, Courts and court judgments, Legal research

This project assists self-represented litigants with their civil claims in Calgary's King's Bench Masters and Justice Chambers. The project includes a "storefront" afternoon shift where self-represented litigants and get summary legal information regarding civil matters in the follow areas of law: civil, bankruptcy, real estate, and court procedure. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning and afternoon.

Related legal topic(s): Legal services, Self-representation

Representing yourself in court is a daunting task. This issue of LawNow offers some suggestions for success.

Related legal topic(s): Self-representation, Small claims court, Taxation

This pamphlet from the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta explains some basic points about the Alberta Rules of Court. It may assist you if: you have a legal problem and are looking at your options; you are deciding whether to hire a lawyer or represent yourself; you are already representing yourself; or you have questions for your lawyer about the court process. The Alberta Rules of Court apply to the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta. They do not apply in Provincial Court (Small Claims Court). This 2 page full-colour PDF is available for free download.

Related legal topic(s): Civil actions, Legal process, Self-representation

If you can’t afford to pay the filing fees for court, you can make an application at a Court Registry office to find out whether or not you qualify to have the filing fee waived. Learn if you qualify to have filing fees waived and how to apply here.

Related legal topic(s): Legal process, Self-representation