Representing Yourself in a Legal Process

If you are representing yourself in a family or civil case, this opportunity to share your experience dealing with the legal system, may be of interest to you.
Julie Macfarlane, of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, is conducting a research project that is collecting the personal stories of self represented litigants – how they came to represent themselves, what happened as they moved through the legal process, and how far their expectations of justice matched up to the results. The project is funded by the Law Foundations of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
If you are representing yourself, this study will enable YOU to be part of the collective voice driving this project. As provincial ministries and federal courts consider justice system reform, your input will be brought to the attention of those in a position to make changes.
This is the opportunity for you to share your experience not only dealing with the logistical aspects of the legal system such as navigating through forms, processes and procedures, translating the language of law, and dealing with justice system personnel - but also to share your personal story and the emotional journey you are on.
You are a critical part of this system – let your voice be heard by policy makers, judges and justice system officers.
If you participate, your identity and private information will be kept confidential and an interview will be scheduled at your convenience. Personal interviews and focus groups will be held at or close to your local courthouse. Telephone interviews are also available. Interviews are conducted by Julie Macfarlane, and take between 30 minutes and one hour, depending on how long you want to talk for.
To learn more, just send us an email at, or, or go to You Can Participate.

To learn more about this project, visit the website:

Posted: February 09, 2012