Classroom for Self-Reps

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Legal Education for Self-represented Litigants

These private individual tutorials are designed to enable the self-represented person to understand the principles and foundations of our legal system. Knowing the fundamentals allows you to ask the right questions to your lawyer, and make informed decisions regarding your lawsuit.

(1) Trial  Preparation (Civil Matters only)

Instructors:  Mick Hassell  LL.B.; Heather Hui-Litwin J.D.

Fee: $600

Duration: roughly 6 hours (spread over 3 sessions)

Many people who represent themselves have little or no knowledge whatsoever about what a real trial involves. They only rely on what they learn on television. Unfortunately, real trials are more complicated than that.  Although mastering the skills of advocacy takes years for lawyers, there are some fundamental concepts that every litigant can learn.

Due to the large amount of material to be mastered, this tutorial will be held over 3 sessions. In the first two sessions of this tutorial, you will learn how to prepare for your trial, from how to organize your evidence, to the rules of evidence that you must know. You will learn what is involved in presenting evidence (direct exam), and how to handle being cross examined.  In the last session of the tutorial, you will be given the chance to rehearse your opening and closing arguments in front of the instructors/lawyers for feedback. These sessions are designed to explain the reasoning behind the procedures, so that  you will understand the fundamental concepts, rather than trying to memorize rules blindly. It is also designed to be interactive, so that the effectiveness of the sessions are maximized.

Mick Hassell is a lawyer with extensive trial experience. Heather Hui-Litwin has a great deal of experience in teaching the law to lay people. She has presented many times at public libraries and high schools on various legal topics.  She is also working on a thesis in the area of evidence law.

(Note: due to time constraints, the instructors will only accept students who has meritorious cases.)

(2) Motion Basics (Civil Matters only)

Instructor: Heather Hui-Litwin J.D.

Fee: $250

Duration: 2 hours

Heather will meet with you in person or by Skype and go through the basics behind what a motion is, how it is different from trials. She will explain what steps are involved, and how to present your case most effectively. You can ask for her to review your affidavit or factum. You can ask her to perform legal research, or teach you to do your own legal research.  In person rehearsals of the delivery of your presentation are also available, if time permits. Additional sessions may be booked at $175/hour.

(3) Legal Research (All areas of Law)

Instructor: Heather Hui-Litwin J.D.

Fee: $250

Duration: 2 hours

Heather will teach you how to do your own legal research, including a tour of the database CanLII. She will also give you a basic foundational understanding of the common law system of precedents and how to read judge’s decisions.


(4) By Appointment Only; Private Consultations to discuss your litigation: $175/hour.

If none of the above courses suit you, and you have specific questions regarding your dispute, please feel free to contact Heather to discuss your matter. Contact details: