The One & Only Paralegal News Source – Feb. 24

Legal Professionals

Looking to fine-tune Provincial Offences in your practice? Focused and practical, an Osgoode PD program starting this fall will ensure legal professionals have what it takes to succeed in this wide-ranging area of law.

The Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice is a popular, intensive, hands-on program for POA practitioners. It provides updated must-know content for paralegals. Suitable for both those new to Provincial Offences work and those with some experience under their belts, the Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice runs from November 2016 to March 2017 (5 Saturdays).

“Engaging exercises with valuable feedback. I appreciated the time allotted for questions and discussion. Well developed scenarios. Good preparation for court practice.”

~ Raj Bharati

Five modules include workshops that blend skills, insider tips, legislative updates, and recent court decisions. The program includes an opportunity for participants to to practise what they have learned, using case studies and discussion in addition to lectures from expert faculty. Components target stages in a POA file, including preparing the client and witnesses, conducting the trial, and making submissions on sentencing, Participants learn to manage common situations, such as:

  • Strategies for getting the most out of pre-trial negotiations with the prosecutor
  • Police cross-examinations workshop
  • Evidence and evidentiary issues in POA proceedings
  • Charter implications, and a workshop on how to draft an application
  • Dissecting disclosure: a case study
  • Sentencing submissions and appeals
  • Plea comprehension inquiry & ensuring a proper plea
  • Effective oral advocacy, including examination-in-chief
  • Knowing which questions to ask

Modules 1 and 2 may be purchased separately, for webcast or in-person attendance. One-day modules 1-4 may be completed in person or by webcast. Module 5, which provides intensive advocacy workshops, is in-person only.

Justice Rick Libman is Program Director. Justices of the Peace, prosecutors, provincial justices, police officers, paralegals and lawyers are among the experienced faculty for this accredited program.

Osgoode PD Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice

The Essentials:

When: Five Saturdays – November 19, December 3, 2016 & January 21, February 11 and March 4, 2017
(5 Saturdays)

Where: Located next to the Eaton Centre, on Dundas Street West in Toronto

The fee: $2,495 plus HST, includes materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks

    Don’t miss this unique learning opportunity. Reserve your spot early!

Get more information: Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences

PSC Chair Michelle Haigh

PSC Chair Michelle Haigh

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) has committed to expanding the paralegal scope of practice over the next four years. Presented to Convocation Dec. 4, the Priority Planning Committee strategic plan report to Convocation outlines significant changes that will have a dramatic effect on the future of legal services in Ontario.

The changes are “robust and ambitious,” affecting paralegal education entry standards, mentoring, professional development, and competence assurance, in addition to expanding the scope of practice. Paralegal-specific measures in the Strategic Plan 2015–2019 include:

  • Working to ensure that high quality instruction is being offered by the accredited institutions that educate paralegal licensee candidates
  • Examining enhancements to the paralegal licensing requirements, including possible additional education and training prior to entering an accredited paralegal program
  • Exploring the expansion of areas of practice and delivery of services by paralegal licensees

Under the heading of “lifelong competence” for licensees, the report suggests post-licensing testing may go hand-in-hand with any expanded practice. Paralegal education, including setting entry-level standards for students, is also set to change. The four-year priorities include CPD changes, beefed-up formal mentoring and mental-health supports for all licensees.


Paralegal Simon Brown’s Favourite Marketing & Management Resources for the Pod-Curious

“Don’t Let Law Schooling Get In the Way of Your Legal Education”

    ~ Bastardization of a quote attributed to Mark Twain.

We live in a wonderful age of information. Access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and legal research can be done at the touch of a button or screen. Substantive law and professionalism are offered by our colleges, associations, societies, and the regulator. But there is precious little about advocacy, legal marketing, and practice management out there to help you sharpen your skills.

Fortunately, the gap has been bridged by entrepreneurial lawyers and legal educators through the use of blogs and podcasts. I’ve assembled a list of them that I use on a regular basis. Most of these are based in the United States, but there is a universality that cannot be denied.

CanLII and CanLII Connects are free Canadian legal information sources. They reach a wide audience of legal services providers, law students and the general public. Recent content particularly relevant for Ontario paralegals:

See more paralegal-specific cases at the Scope publisher page.

Law Society & Regulatory Affairs


    Paralegal Scope is the only legal media that covers Convocation meetings and Law Society of Upper Canada events for paralegals. Click on a title below to get news briefs about paralegal-specific decisions and reports from the Law Society’s “board of directors.”

Rules of Conduct Changes, Focus on Women Paralegals - June 25 Convocation
Paralegal Competence Update, Convocation Reports - May Convocation
Complaints are Down: Tribunal Committee Report
Regulating Legal Entities -- Plans Moving Forward
Before You Sub-Out, Check Licensee Status -- Recent Suspensions, Revocations

One comment

  1. I really am enjoying the link Scope provided to “The Irish Times, State repeals almost 6,000 obsolete laws” article. What a great laugh reading some of this ancient legislation. Awesome.

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