These resources are geared for people who live in Ontario, Canada.
Great Websites to learn about the Court Process
1.Your Legal Rights
There is plenty of information here covering many common legal issues, such as housing, consumer, immigration, family, etc. You can even watch webinars on a wide range of topics here.
2. Ontario Superior Court of Justice Website
This website hosted by the Ontario Superior Court was designed to improve access to justice by providing information about the court system to the public.
3. Ministry of Attorney General of Ontario
This is a good website for those who have never been involved with lawsuits. This website gives an overview to the civil litigation process.</em>
Where to get court forms
Ontario Court Services http://www.ontariocourtforms.on.ca/english/
Other Websites for Legal Information
- Legal Line: www.legalline.ca
- Law Society of Ontario Access CLE http://lx07.lsuc.on.ca/R
- Canada Legal Help http://canadalegalhelp.com/
- Legal Aid Ontario https://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/default.asp
- Pro Bono Ontario https://www.probonoontario.org/lawsuits-and-disputes/
- Osgoode Hall Clinics: https://www.osgoode.yorku.ca/community-clinics/
- University of Toronto clinic http://downtownlegalservices.ca/
Where to Find Limited Scope or Unbundled Services Lawyers
- Law Society of Ontario Directory: https://www2.lsuc.on.ca/LawyerParalegalDirectory/loadSearchPage.do
- Family Law Limited Scope Services Project: https://www.familylawlss.ca/
- National Self-Represented Litigants Project: https://representingyourselfcanada.com/directory/
- Self Rep Navigators www.limitedscoperetainers.ca
The following is a list of a few titles which I found particularly helpful as a self-represented litigant. Most of these are available either in the Toronto Public Library or the university Law Library (UT, York).
*David Stockwood. 5th edition.
This is an excellent book that gives you an overall view to litigation.
*Rosie H. McConnell. A Guide to Collections Procedures in Ontario.
This includes examples of legal documents, such as notice of motions, bill of costs, facta, etc. This book is available at the Toronto Reference Library.
*Laurence M. Olivo, Mary Ann Kelly. <em>Civil Litigation</em>. Emond Montgomery Publications.
Excellent book that discusses the various steps, plus examples of what completed court forms actually look like.
*JoAnn Kurtz. Family Law: Practice and Procedure, Vol.1 and 2. Emond Montgomery Publications.
This is a practical guide that includes a basic introduction to family law, and examples of completed forms.
*James C. Morton et al. Procedural Strategies for Litigators. 2nd Edition. Lexis Nexis.
In case you wonder how you might want to handle opposing party’s tactics, this book offers some tips and litigation strategy.
*Ira Nishisato, Ontario Litigator’s Pocket Reference.
This is a handy reference guide for litigators.
*Donald Ferguson, Ontario Court Room Procedures
This is a very detailed and comprehensive book on court procedure. If you have an upcoming hearing, perhaps a look through this book would help calm your fears. (Better yet, attend a few motions or trials. They’re usually open to the public.)
Alternative Dispute Resolution
*Roger Fisher and William Ury, Getting to Yes. How to Negotiate agreement without giving in. Penguin Books, 2011.
It is always better to resolve a dispute outside of court. Sometimes, we are so fixated in the adversarial system that we forget that there are alternatives. This book teaches you how to think outside of the box.
Still confused about how the law works?
If you would like to talk to me privately about the legal process in general, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can explain the legal process. Please note that I am no longer a practising lawyer. I do not give out legal advice. Donations to the Self-Rep Navigators or charities such as the Canadian Cancer Society would be much appreciated for consultations.