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Navigating the court system without a lawyer can be challenging, especially with all the court forms and legal documents required during a civil claim. PBLA is conducting a research study to understand the civil document needs of self-represented litigants in Calgary and Edmonton, and available supports in these cities. Study findings may inform future research, service enhancements and program development.

The study is funded by the Alberta Law Foundation and has been approved by the Community Health Committee of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA).

Participation is simple and involves a 5-minute survey that will ask about the document supports that self-represented litigant have needed or gotten in the past, or still need, in respect of a civil matter in Calgary or Edmonton. The privacy, confidentiality and anonymity of all participants are strictly protected.

We would love to hear from you – the more participants, the greater the potential impact of the research study. Eligible participants can start the survey by clicking here.

To find out more about the study, please visit the DASS Home Page or contact a member of the study team at