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National Self-Represented Litigants Project

Presence in: Canada
Focus: Family, Generalist Legal Services

Research-grounded advocacy to raise legal profession, government and public awareness of self-represented litigant phenomenon and A2J crisis
Development of tailor made resources for SRLs (open source access on our website
Convening dialogue and collaborative work (eg educational workshops, resource testing) among SRLs and lawyers, judges, court services staff and policy makers.

People Associated With This Organization

Jana Saracevic

National Self-Represented Litigants... (Unverified)
Joined March 2019
Interests: Education, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Other, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I am a past Self Represented Litigant (SRL) and have been involved with the National Self Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) in Ontario, Canada, since 2014. Julie Macfarlane, Project Director of the NSRLP, requested that I share my experiences with law students, lawyers, justices, law clerks, media and other Self Represented Litigants (SRLs) which I have whenever an opportunity presents itself. I am part of the first SRL peer support initiative in Ontario which provides emotional support and attends court with SRLs.

I am passionate in promoting A2J and advocating for people who have economic, educational, language, mental health, and physical challenges who face barriers in the legal arena.

In my other life I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who specializes in Chronic Pain Management.

Julie Macfarlane

National Self-Represented Litigants...
Joined May 2016
Interests: Family, Generalist Legal Services
I run the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, which builds on my 2013 research showing that up to 80% of those coming to family court and up to 40% in civil court come without a lawyer because they cannot afford one. Their experiences in the justice system are mostly miserable and their outcomes worse than those w lawyers. NSRLP's mandate is advocacy on this critical A2J issue, resource development for self-represented litigants (SRLs) and convening dialogues among SRLs and justice system actors on what can be done. See our work and constant updates at
Julie Macfarlane is the network champion (main point of contact) for National Self-Represented Litigants Project.

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