Practical knowledge and skills to help clients solve everyday problems – these are the heart and soul of paralegal work. Enhancing these essentials is at the core of Osgoode PD certificate programs developed with paralegals in mind.
“The Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice” is the latest such program. It blends skills with the opportunity to practise what participants have learned. Developed to pinpoint the most-useful skills, participants will learn to manage challenging situations that arise before, during and after a hearing. Using a sample case file, the program drills down through the key stages in a POA file, navigating the law and procedures from the first client meeting, to conducting the trial, and making submissions on sentencing,
Suitable for both those new to Provincial Offences work and those with some experience under their belts, the program includes:
- The statutory framework that governs provincial offences
- Role, duties, and professional responsibilities
- Strategies for getting the most out of the pre-trial
- Disclosure: when to ask for it, what to look for and how to identify what’s missing
- Charter applications in POA court (including a workshop in how to draft an effective Charter application)
- Effective oral advocacy, including examination-in-chief, cross-examination and making sentencing submissions
- Appeals – the law and the strategies
With more than a million POA charges are laid in Ontario each year, provincial offences are a key practice area for legal professionals, paralegals in particular. Paralegals serve on the Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice program advisory board, Justice Rick Libman, a familiar face to many paralegals, is Program Director. Justices of the Peace, provincial justices, police officers, paralegals and prosecutors are among the expert speakers.
Spread over five months, the five day-long Saturday sessions are available in-person, online, or both – although the fifth session requires in-person attendance. Workshops during the fifth session provide individualized feedback, ahead of a take-home exam. This program represents a comprehensive overview of relevant law and the opportunity to hone written and oral advocacy skills, along with learn-by-doing exercises and individualized feedback from judges, justices of the peace and senior legal practitioners. Among components that set this program apart: during the third session, participants will take part in a written advocacy workshop to draft a Charter application and receive individual feedback.
When: Nov. 14 and Dec. 5, 2015, and Jan. 16, Feb. 20 and March 5, 2016
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
To register, or get more information: Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences
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