05/07/2013 04:32 EDT | Updated 07/07/2013 05:12 EDT

List of recommendations of a new study on self-represented litigants

TORONTO - A new University of Windsor study finds people who chose to represent themselves in court face daunting challenges.

Here are some of the study's recommendations:

— Simplify and streamline legal forms.

— Develop more useful and user-friendly online legal sites.

— Ensure litigants are informed of, and offered, mediation.

— Develop workshops/education for self-represented litigants.

— Provide office services such as photocopying in courthouses.

— Broaden the role of non-lawyer professionals.

— Unbundle legal costs so litigants can choose some lawyer services.

Source: "The National Self-­Represented Litigants Project: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Self-­Represented Litigants"