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Top judges push for unbundled legal services

Thursday, December 01, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Ann Macaulay

Following the November launch of the National Database of Professionals Assisting SRLs, University of Windsor professor Julie Macfarlane hopes lawyers will see the benefits of offering unbundled legal services to self-represented litigants.

Macfarlane, director of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, said an increasing number of litigants come to court without a lawyer. “As many as 80 per cent of Canadians in family court are standing up alone in front of a judge, whereas 20 years ago, this number was just 1 per cent.”

The database is...