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In May 2013, Dr. Julie Macfarlane, professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, published her National Report on Self-Represented Litigants, funded in part, by the Law Foundation of British Columbia (LFBC). The Macfarlane Report concluded, at page 39, that “By far the most consistently cited reason for self-representation was the inability to afford to retain, or to continue to retain, legal counsel.” The numbers of self-represented litigants in British Columbia’s courts has been steadily increasing for several years. The problems arising from self-representation in legal proceedings are complex and require multiple solutions. The purpose of this project is to explore the financing of litigation, including public, private, and third-party funding (excluding Legal Aid) to evaluate the current financing mechanisms and its participants, and examine whether there are potential opportunities for structural, systemic or legal changes that could improve the availability of financing for litigants as one means of reducing the incidence of self-representation. This is planned as an eighteen-month legal research project aided by the advice of volunteer experts. Specific objectives include:
This project has been made possible thanks to generous funding from the Law Foundation of British Columbia.
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