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 **Please be advised that the resources listed on this website are not everything you will need. You may well need to consult additional resources, depending on your case. Furthermore, this website is intended as general legal information only.  The information may or may not apply to your case. Your usage of this information does not mean that I am your lawyer. For advice specific to your situation, please consult with a lawyer.**


This section contains decisions that are helpful not only to self-represented litigants, but to litigants in general. I will be adding more to this section. To access these judge’s decisions, please use the Canlii website

For family law litigants, the Ontario Superior Court has a webpage that lists frequently cited cases on issues such as child support, spousal support, property division, and more. The URL is here:


1. Costs to a Self-Represented Litigant

Izyuk v Bilousov, 2011 ONSC 7476; Bergen v Sharpe, 2013 CanLII 74188  – These cases will give you some guidance as to how a court may award costs to a self-represented litigant.

2. Explanation of “full indemnity” versus “substantial indemnity”

Davies v Clarington (Municipality) et al., 2009 ONCA 722 (CanLII)

This appeal decision provides  a very thorough discussion from the Court of Appeal on the principles behind costs awards. It was approved recently in Net Connect Installation Inc. v. Mobile Zone Inc., 2017 ONCA 766 (CanLII)


3. Rule 21: Motion to strike out pleadings

Karas v Ontario, 2013 ONSC 6053;  Bilich v. Toronto Police Services Board, 2013 ONSC 1445 – These cases are decisions from motions to strike out Statement of Claim. The court in each case gives guidance as to what a proper Statement of Claim should contain. Note in Karas, the court said, “A proper statement of claim is not a long tale of woe coupled with a claim for money.” (Paragraph 11). In Bilich, note the reasons the court gives to strike certain paragraphs.