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The Law Society strongly recommends using the services of a lawyer for all legal processes.  Lawyers have the training and experience to help you navigate through the legal system.

For further information on how to hire a lawyer, or for specific legal advice, please contact the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN).

The following links serve as guides that provide basic information on the criminal and civil law processes in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Canada that may be beneficial to you should you choose to represent yourself as a self-represented litigant (SLR).

Disclaimer: This web-guide for self-represented litigants is intended to provide law-related information using language that is easy to understand.  The information provided is intended to supply general information only; it is not legal advice.

It is the responsibility of the reviewer to ensure that the information is applicable to their specific situation and acceptable in the Newfoundland and Labrador courts.  These websites are not intended to form the basis of legal advice of any kind.

The Law Society does not verify the accuracy of any of the information contained in external links.

Individuals seeking specific legal advice should consult a lawyer.  Please refer to the PLIAN link above.

Legal Definitions/FAQs/Attending Court
Provider Title Description URL
Supreme Court of Newfoundland Representing Yourself Guidelines/key resources/courtroom etiquette/FAQs https://court.nl.ca/supreme/selfhelp/ representyourself.html
Information for Litigants Guidelines/what can & cannot be provided by provided by Court Registry https://court.nl.ca/supreme/general/ litigants.html
Provincial Court of Newfoundland Definitions Definitions for common legal terms used in court https://court.nl.ca/provincial/goingtocourt/ definitions.html
Etiquette & Procedures Guidelines for etiquette for provincial court https://court.nl.ca/provincial/goingtocourt/ etiquette.html
Frequently Asked Questions FAQs for various levels of provincial court https://court.nl.ca/provincial/goingtocourt/ faq.html
Law Society of Alberta Glossary of Terms Definitions for common legal terms used in the court process https://www.lawsociety.ab.ca/resource-centre/public-resources/working-with-a-lawyer/glossary-of-terms/
Government of Canada Canada’s System of Justice All about the justice system in Canada https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/csj-sjc/    index.html
Canadian Judicial Council Resource Center Gateway to learning about Canada’s court system https://cjc-ccm.ca/en/resources-center
Filing a Complaint Online form to file a complaint against Supreme Court/Court of Appeal/Federal judges https://cjc-ccm.ca/en/resources-center/filing-complaint
Reading and Understanding Case Reports Teaches SRLs how to read and understand reported court decisions https://representingyourselfcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Reading-A-Case-Primer.pdf
Supreme Court of Canada Information & Resources for Self-Representing Litigants Information for those who wish to appeal to the SCC – includes forms https://www.scc-csc.ca/unrep-nonrep/app-dem/index-eng.aspx
Archived Webcasts Archived webcasts of SCC hearings from 2009+ https://www.scc-csc.ca/case-dossier/info/webcasts-webdiffusions-eng.aspx
National Self-Represented Litigants Project Coping with the Courtroom: Essentials Tips & Information for Self-Represented Litigants Online PDF https://representingyourselfcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/nsrlp-coping-with-the-courtroom-2014-07-2016-05.pdf
Navigating the Justice System: A Guide for Self-Represented Litigants with Disabilities Guide for self-reps who have a disability https://representingyourselfcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/PWD-Primer.pdf
“My Learned Friend”: Constructive Working Relationships Between Self-Represented Litigants & Opposing Counsel Working with the other parties’ lawyer/representative as a self-rep https://representingyourselfcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/MY-LEARNED-FRIENDFinal-1022016.pdf
The McKenzie Friend: Choosing & Presenting a Courtroom Companion SLR’s are allowed to apply to have a support person attend court with them – explains processes, issues, and requirements https://representingyourselfcanada.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/McKenzie-Friend-FINAL.pdf
Canadian Civil Liberties Association Resources on police record checks Information & tools regarding record checks https://ccla.org/recordchecks/resources/
Legalline Free legal answers on over 1600 topics Organized by province & available in 107 languages https://www.legalline.ca/
Family Law
Provider Title Description URL
Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland & Labrador Family Law Guides https://publiclegalinfo.com/
Separation & Divorce: A Guide for Kids https://publiclegalinfo.com/separation-divorce-guide-for-kids/
Separation & Divorce: Protect Yourself https://publiclegalinfo.com/how-to-protect-yourself-from-the-fallout-of-separation-and-divorce/
Separation & Divorce: Protecting Your Children https://publiclegalinfo.com/how-to-protect-your-children-from-the-fallout-of-separation-and-divorce/
Child Support https://publiclegalinfo.com/child-support/
Family Violence https://publiclegalinfo.com/family-violence/
Emergency Protection Orders https://publiclegalinfo.com/emergency-protection-order/
Grandparent’s Rights in Family Court https://publiclegalinfo.com/grandparents-rights-in-family-court/
Family Law Court Form Builder Tool for completing family law forms for court in Newfoundland https://publiclegalinfo.com/family-law-form-builder/
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CANLII) Free database for cases, legislation, & legal commentary www.canlii.org
Government of Newfoundland & Labrador Justice & Public Safety Forms for Family Justice Services https://www.justice.gov.nl.ca/just/forms/ #Support_Enforcement
Supportcalculator.ca Spousal support calculator for Canada Same data as DivorceMate https://www.mysupportcalculator.ca/
Childsupportcalculator.ca Child support calculator for Canada Online calculator & easy child support table searching https://www.childsupportcalculator.ca/
The Canadian Bar Association Successfully Parenting Apart: A Toolkit How to co-parent a child after divorce/separation http://www.cba.org/CBAMediaLibrary/cba_na/ PDFs /Sections/ SuccessfullyParentingFinalEng-Accessible.pdf
Government of Canada Stop Family Violence Website providing one-stop source of information https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/stop-family-violence.html
Elder Abuse is Wrong Online booklet https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/cj-jp/fv-vf/eaw-mai/index.html
Wills & Estates
Provider Title Description URL
Public Legal Association of Newfoundland  & Labrador Wills & Estates Information about wills https://publiclegalinfo.com/wills-estates/
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CANLII) Free database for cases, legislation, & legal commentary www.canlii.org
Criminal Law
Provider Title Description URL
Public Legal Association of Newfoundland & Labrador Criminal Law Guides https://publiclegalinfo.com/
Victim Support https://publiclegalinfo.com/victim-support/
Legal Aid https://publiclegalinfo.com/legal-aid/
Bail https://publiclegalinfo.com/bail/
Probation https://publiclegalinfo.com/probation/
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CANLII) Free database for cases, legislation, & legal commentary www.canlii.org
Innocence Canada Record Suspension (Pardon) Infographics & videos – criminal law

http://innocencecanada.com/public-legal-education/

https://vimeo.com/innocencecanada

Residential Tenancies
Provider Title Description URL
Public Legal Association of Newfoundland & Labrador Residential Tenancies Guides https://publiclegalinfo.com/
Tenants https://publiclegalinfo.com/tenants/
Landlords https://publiclegalinfo.com/landlords/
The Residential Tenancies Board https://publiclegalinfo.com/the-residential-tenancies-board/
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CANLII) Free database for cases, legislation, & legal commentary www.canlii.org
Small Claims
Provider Title Description URL
Public Legal Association of Newfoundland & Labrador Small Claims https://publiclegalinfo.com/small-claims/
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CANLII) Free database for cases, legislation, & legal commentary www.canlii.org
Other
Provider Title Description URL
Public Legal Association of Newfoundland & Labrador Various topics https://publiclegalinfo.com/
Government of Newfoundland & Labrador – Justice & Public Safety Various topics https://www.justice.gov.nl.ca/just/
Canadian Bar Association Class Action Database  Open access database of court documents for Canadian class action lawsuits http://www.cba.org/Publications-Resources/Class-Action-Database
Government of Canada Youth Records General information on youth records under the YCJA https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/yj-jj/tools-outils/sheets-feuillets/recor-dossi.html
Canadian Intellectual Property Office A Guide to Copyright Guide for exploring & obtaining a copyright http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr02281.html
Trademarks Guide Guide for exploring & obtaining a trademark http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/h_wr02360.html