Classroom For Self-Reps

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Classroom For Self-Reps is a not-for-profit, pro-bono initiative, whose goal is to provide  education and information on litigation FREE to the public.

From my past experience as a self-rep and as a lawyer, I’ve found a number of great books that were very helpful to me as a litigant. I’ve put them here, in my Library of resources. These are found here: http://www.litigation-help.com/resources/.

I also have a network of professionals who can help you in your lawsuit. They are listed in Marketplace:  http://www.litigation-help.com/market-place/

In addition, I will be conducting seminars tailored to self-represented litigants at the Toronto Public library starting Fall, 2018. I will be lining up specialists from Self-Rep Navigators, as well as from Marketplace to speak on a number of topics of interest to self-represented litigants, from tips on how to handle your lawsuit, to out-of-court options, like mediation and arbitration.

Saturday Morning Webinars

The following are live webinars which will be offered in 2019. All webinars will be approximately 30 minutes in length.

To sign up, please email heather@litigation-help.com. A link to join the meeting online will be emailed to you to ONE WEEK before the date of the webinar, after you confirm your interest in attendance at that time.

Basics on Litigation 

January 26, 10 am. “Overview of a lawsuit: The main stages of a lawsuit explained.”

March 23, 10 am. “What exactly is a ‘motion’? How is that different from a trial?”

May 25, 10 am.”What are “unbundled” or “limited scope” services: how to hire a lawyer/paralegal affordably?

September 28, 10 am. “Expect the unexpected: why is litigation risky, no matter how “simple” you think your case may be.”

November 23, 10 am. “Common reasons why self-reps lose their cases.”

More topics will be posted in the coming months, with guest speakers!

If you want me to address a topic that is not on this list, feel free to email me at heather@litigation-help.com.

4 Responses to Classroom For Self-Reps

  1. Mike & Karen Quigley

    At a time when we were needing some direction, and were involved in an issue that requires legal assistance, this group relieved the pit of despair we felt due to lack of experience. Out of nowhere you have this group (Mick Hassell and the Self-Rep Navigators) that assists in navigating in a cost-effective, meaningful way. It was unbelievable to find people with compassionate, warm hearts, as well as the expertise to point us in the right direction, to assist in navigating through the black hole. We think the world of these people who devoted their time, energy and efforts to people they had never met, to provide direction in a system that is so weighted against those that choose to self-litigate. This levels the playing field.

    We feel absolutely honoured to take the time to acknowledge and recognize the individuals that work in this exclusive field, when you are feeling totally disenfranchised in a system that is disabling for the average individual.

  2. Anonymous

    I am writing to express my appreciation for the work of this group and, in particular, the work of Heather Hui-Litwin, a passionate advocate for helping people access justice. Heather is a caring, compassionate and knowledgeable lawyer who has taken the time to develop educational materials and information to enhance understanding and confidence in the legal process. This work is so important in that it focuses on the needs of the clients in an empowering, respectful and fair manner.

    The Self-Rep Navigators have an admirable mission providing expertise and support to individuals at times when they need a trusted person to help them in their journey navigating the complex, expensive and often inaccessible legal system. Their approach addresses a gap in the current legal system and is an excellent option for those seeking to better understand legal process and/or for those seeking advice to assist with legal issues.

  3. For Charter issues – or potential Charter issues http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/csj-sjc/charter-charte/check/index.html is a fantastic resource. DoJ internal tool just made public.

    Re: Rules of Procedure – Learn and use Offers of Settlement in relation to costs. To find applicable caselaw look for articles on lawyer websites – some very good.

    In whatever area of law, read and know the Statute/regulations. Pay attention to processes in the statute – they can be a lifesaver.

    Use Twitter to find ppl with similar interests/cases. Helped when I needed to prove National Interest as quickly had numerous studies & reports.

    Keep your chin up.

  4. roger wright

    I trust Heather!