Keeping Pace: Intense POA Training for Paralegals

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!

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