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Limited scope retainers, fixed fee options needed to stem tide of self represented litigants

Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Patricia Virc

Increasing numbers of civil litigants are self-represented, especially in family cases. Many people start out with a lawyer, but faced with insurmountable costs, people of modest means are increasingly choosing to represent themselves. Yet somehow, for lawyers, the legal pie is shrinking. Increasing numbers of lawyers are underemployed.

The average person does not qualify for legal aid but cannot afford a lawyer. For these people there is no real access to lawyers, to the legal system, to justice.

Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown remarked to...