Paul's Paralegal

80 Palmer Rd.
Hamilton, Ontario L8T 3E9
Tel:(905) 581-3602

Help for Self-Represented Litigants - SRLs

A person who represents themselves regardless of the where, they are referred to as a Self-Represented Litigant

I have setup this page to provide a resource for those wishing to represent themselves.

Unbundled Services
The Law Society of Ontario has changed its previous practice where lawyers and paralegals could only offer bundled services.
Now lawyers and paralegals can offer unbundled services.
What does this mean and what is unbundled services?
It, simple means you can pay for and get only the service you want. So, for example if you need me to prepare you small claims court plaintiff’s claim and then you wish to represent yourself that is allowable.
The only issue is that the majority of lawyers and paralegals do not currently offer this service, but I do!

I can provide you even more affordable legal services with document preparation or document review for any matters that paralegals practice in. For more information call (905) 581-3602 or e-mail me at

Non-Paralegal Unbundled Services
Paralegals are NOT allowed to assist individuals with any legal services which are outside the scope of their practice. These areas include Family Law, all matters before the Superior Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice - Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Federal Court, Federal Appeals Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Simon Shields - Is that
Simon is a lawyer who provides unbundled legal services for some legal matters that paralegals, such as myself, cannot practice in.
Simon provides document preparation and document review.
Simon’s area of practice is:

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Civil Appeals and Judicial Review
  • Residential Tenancies
  • Social Assistance (ODSP and OW)
  • Human Rights and Charter law
  • Employment Law (employment standards, wrongful dismissal)
  • Animal Rights
  • Miscellaneous Administrative Litigation

  • Unfortunately Simon does not practice in the following areas of law:
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Estate law
  • Real Estate law
  • Motor Vehicle Accident claims
  • Highway Traffic Act Offences
  • WSIB/WSIAT (Workers Compensation matters)
  • Immigration
  • Securities

  • Simon also has an amazing website to explain all facets of law.

    The National Self Represented Litigants Project - NSRLP
    The NSRLP is a national program which was started by Dr. Julie Macfarlane, who is a law professor that teaches law at the University of Windsor - Law School. The NRSLP offers many free resources for SRLs. Their webpage with their resources is

    Canadian Judicial Council’s Principles on Self Represented Litigants & Accused Persons
    The Canadian Judicial Council – CJC is a federal council created in 1970 to make recommendations on the appointment, removal, and training of federally appointed judges. Federally appointed judges sit in Provincial/Territorial Superior/Supreme/Queens Bench Courts across Canada. They also sit in the Provincial/Territorial Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
    In addition to the many tasks the CJC does, they developed the Principles on Self Represented Litigants & Accused Persons. It is something that every SRL should be familiar with especially heir requirements and the requirements of others.

    Information contained within this site is NOT legal advice!
    You should always consult with a paralegal or lawyer. Even if you use this site or consult with me, this in no way consitutes a retainer, whether for bundled or unbundled services, and no paralegal-client relationship exists unless and until you receive written confirmation in the form of a signed retainer agreement.
    You accept any risks with the use of e-mail or other electronic communications
    If you have any questions or concerns reagrding this disclamer, please fell free to conact me at: