How should CLE providers approach the issue of self-representing litigants?
I’m sure all Slaw readers are aware of the phenomenon of the rise of the self-represented litigant. Over the past 20 years there has been a vast increase in the number of people coming to court or interacting with the justice system without legal representation. In British Columbia, this change correlates with the decline in legal aid, although this is only one reason for the increase.
You could take the view that this development should have little impact on education of the legal profession. But if you’re invested in the . . . [more]