Julie Macfarlane

National Self-Represented Litigants Project Headed to Supreme Court

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada this April. The NSRLP has been awarded Intervenor Status to offer advice and argument in Pintea v Johns, a case that will look at the types of assistance a judge both may, and should, give to a self-represented litigant. An Intervenor is a party who is not directly involved in a legal dispute, but who represents the rights of non-parties and speaks on an issue of the case that is not provided by either the defendant or plaintiff.

Macfarlane Discusses Self-Reps and Competency with CBC

When Judy Gayton, an Alberta SRL suffering from a brain injury and deemed to be "without competency" to represent herself, was unable to find a pro bono lawyer to represent her, the Medicine Hat Provincial Court altered her competency designation and she was forced to go to trial without a lawyer or anyone to speak for her. Her case was dismissed yesterday.

Here Judy talks to CBC about her case.

Dispute Resolution: Readings and Case Studies, 4th Edition

John C. Kleefeld, Julie Macfarlane, John A. Manwaring,Ellen B. Zweibel, Marina Pavlović, Anthony Daimsis, Dispute Resolution: Readings and Case Studies 4th Edition, Emond Publishing, 2016.

Windsor Law Faculty Author: Julie Macfarlane