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.
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Acting on one's own behalf in court, without the assistance of a lawyer or other advocate.
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.
This guide has been designed as a starting point for those seeking self-help materials and background information on various legal topics. The guide brings together a number of useful links to web-based resources, along with spotlighting some of the self-help print publications in our collection. The links and information are not intended to be a comprehensive listing. This guide is not meant to be a substitute for professional legal assistance.
Have a look at the topics on the tabs, or try the list below for helpful websites for getting started on your research.
Courts Virtual Tour uses surround video to give a 360 degree view and navigation of Alberta Courtrooms. Virtual tours offer navigational links that allow you to move throughout the courtroom, tours include the: Court of Appeal; Queen's Bench Courtroom; Provincial Court; and a Large Trial Courtroom.