This page on the Alberta Provincial Court website provides links to information on alternatives to going to court, where to find help with court forms, court procedures and protocols,and general information on criminal, family, youth, traffic, and civil courts.
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Acting on one's own behalf in court, without the assistance of a lawyer or other advocate.
This webpage on the Provincial Court of Alberta website provides information on alternative to going to court (mediation, and dispute resolution services), where to get help, and what you need to know when going to court.
The goal of Reading and Understanding Case Reports is to equip self represented litigants with the necessary understanding to read a reported court decision – a “case report” – when conducting legal research and preparing to present your own case to a court.
This booklet produced by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) explains how the legal process works in Alberta. The booklet has information for people who were legally married and people who lived in a common law relationship.
This page on the Supreme Court of Canada website provides information for self-represented litigants in the following areas:
- If you are thinking about bringing an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada or
- if you have been named as a respondent in an application for leave to appeal, it’s very important to try to get legal advice as a first step.
The Supreme Court of Canada only hears select cases. It helps a lot to get advice on whether or not yours could be a case which the Court will hear.
Pro Bono Ontario operates a program that helps in this situation. No matter what province you are in, you are strongly encouraged to apply for assistance by visiting the Pro Bono Ontario website.
Produced by Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Includes information about: The Case Is Called; The Trial Begins; The Exclusion Order; The Crown's Case; The Defence’s Case; Submissions; Decision; Vocabulary. This resource is also available to download as a PDF.
Representing yourself in court is a daunting task. This issue of LawNow offers some suggestions for success.
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 Queen’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.
This online tutorial created by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta explains what it's like in a criminal courtroom. There are often many people in a courtroom. Knowing who is who, what each person's role is, and what is expected of you as a witness should help you understand what is going on around you.
This qualitative study was led by Dr. Julie Macfarlane of the University of Windsor. The goal was to develop data on the experience of self-represented litigants in three Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. The study data illustrates a range of negative consequences experienced by SRL’s as a result of representing themselves. Preliminary Recommendations based on these findings are included at the end of this Report. This 147 page PDF is available for free download.