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Successful appeal for a self-represented litigant: Sanzone v Schecter

Share This: Sanzone v Schecter 2016 ONCA 566 (CanLII), http://canlii.ca/t/gsgjq Self-represented litigants notice that while lawyers often criticize them for being ignorant of the rules, many lawyers in fact do not abide by the Rules of Civil Procedure themselves.  In Sanzone … Continue reading

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The true purpose of the law

Share This: I am writing this in response to Prof. Noel Semple tweet “Law has many purposes but creating jobs for lawyers is not among them”.  This was followed by Robert Harvie’s response,”or Law Professors for that matter : ) … Continue reading

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Procedural fairness and self-represented litigants

Share This: Self-represented litigants often fear how their ignorance in court procedure will put them at a disadvantage against their represented opponents.  Many also have the impression that judges tend to be more lenient towards represented parties.   These beliefs … Continue reading

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Navigating through the courts-a personal experiment

Share This: I wrote this blog for the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (www.representingyourselfcanada.com) last year, recounting how difficult it was, even for me, to figure out how to navigate through the court procedures as a lawyer. I can imagine how … Continue reading

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Judge’s duty to help self-represented litigants

Share This: In a recent case, R. v. Tossounian, 2017 ONCA 618 (CanLII), the Court of Appeal ruled that the trial judge did not do enough in helping a self-represented accused person at trial.  The defendant was accused of arson, … Continue reading

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Summer Reads

Share This: When I was a self-represented litigant, one of the things I feared the most was how to present our case at trial.  I was a law student at the time. I had taken courses on Civil Procedure and … Continue reading

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Basic Legal Research Seminar

Share This: Date: Feb 13, 2017 Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Barbara Frum Library This will be workshop is targeted to those who are thinking of starting a lawsuit, or for those who are in the middle of the litigation … Continue reading

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New book for SRLs: Representing Yourself In Court

Share This: There is a newly published book by Devlin Farmer called “Representing Yourself in Court. How to Win Your Case on Your Own.” (Self-Counsel Press 2016).  All I can say is that I wish I had this book when … Continue reading

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Lord Denning on Stare Decisis

Share This: In our legal system, one of the most fundamental concepts is doctrine of precedents. The legalese term for this is “stare decisis“, which translates  to “let the decision stand”.  In a very general sense,  it means that if … Continue reading

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Ernst versus EnCana

Share This: I was just listening to Jessica Ernst’s interview on CBC this morning, and I must say that I was so moved by her story. Ms. Ernst is suing EnCana (and various other co-defendants) for contamination of ground water … Continue reading

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