SRL or Self Represented Litigants are on a constant rise in the courts of Canada. While the country debates whether are not SRL’s are succeeding and creating a new method of justice in the country, here are some statistics that put a light on their success and failure rate so far.
Success of Self Representative Litigants
A survey conducted by loom analytics on the cases between January 1, 2012, and April 7, 2016, in Ontario Superior Court, clearly indicates that the SRLs have been doing poorly as compared to the represented parties. According to the report, in the above mentioned time period only 14% of SRLs won their case while 74% lost.
One positive inference found in this report is that if an SRL reaches the trial, they are better than the average and have a better chance of winning. This explains the higher rate of win in the cases that went to trial. In numbers, 25% of SRLs won at trial.
Similarly, it was found that 12.5% of SRL won in the motions and court and the same percentage of SRL’s won an application. Experts believe this lower number is because of a lack of understanding of procedural knowledge on the Litigant’s part. In order to make a strong point during motions, a high level of procedural knowledge is necessary for success and most litigants end up making procedural mistakes.
Yes, these might look like small numbers but they are big considering that SRLs are generally common people with no legal training.
Help for Self Litigants
Despite the lower success rate of Self Litigants as compared to represented individuals, the number of self-litigants in the country is increasing and one main reason for this is the high cost of hiring professional legal representation. At ACLS, we offer our clerical services to the individuals who are planning to represent themselves, which includes guidance about the next steps in the proceedings. At ACLS, we have had a very high success rate with our SRL clients, and we can help you as well.