What is the current state of the law on personal injury representation in personal injury cases?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Extend-A-Call Inc. v. Dmitri Granovski et al., 2009 CanLII 33047 (ON SC):

As Quinn J. observed in Lamond v. Smith (2004) 11 C.P.C. (6th) 104, the rationale for the rule is not readily apparent. Clearly, individuals are able to, as a right, represent themselves. Corporations, of course, are incapable of representing themselves, but as Quinn J. pointed out in Lamond v. Smith, where the corporation is closely held and there is a sole director, officer and shareholder, it is hard to justify not allowing that individual to represent the company in view not only of the right of individuals to represent themselves, but the prevalence of individuals representing themselves in our courts.

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