Introducing the Osgoode Certificate in Handling Summary Conviction Offence Cases

Why Now?

Knowledge of summary conviction offences is more important than ever. Summary convictions are predominately the largest criminal work in the provincial court (ON) accounting for over 98%. Further, it is expected that an expansion of summary conviction offence cases will be coming down the pipeline, and Canadians will soon see changes in the limitation period and punishments in summary convictions.


As a legal professional who defends or prosecutes summary conviction offences, it’s important that you have a clear grasp on how to effectively advocate your case. You may be experienced in court, but have you ever received advice on your performance?

With a high ratio of faculty to participants, you’ll get individualized feedback in workshops on making sentencing submissions as well as cross-examining a witness at trial.


Led by The Hon. Justice Rick Libman and a faculty of experienced judges, defence counsel and Crown Attorneys, including:

  • Paul Calarco,Barrister & Solicitor
  • The Hon. Justice Steve Coroza,Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • Ari Goldkind,Barrister & Solicitor
  • The Hon. Justice Mara Greene,Ontario Court of Justice
  • Lisa Henderson,Counsel, Crown Law Office, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Emily Lam,Kastner Law
  • Daniel Libman,Damien Frost & Associates LLP
  • Ruth McGuirl,Crown Counsel, Public Prosecution Service of Canada
  • Royland Moriah,MacGregor Moriah Horic LLP
  • Kim Schofield,Kim Schofield & Associates
  • Janani Shanmugunathan,Erin Dann Barrister
  • Richard Stern,Barrister & Solicitor
  • Erin Winocur,Assistant Crown Attorney, Crown Attorney’s Office (Toronto)

About the Program:

Spread out over multiple, intensive one-day modules, you will learn from the experts as they discuss all the key stages of a summary conviction offence file from start to finish, including:

  • Strategies for getting the most out of the pre-trial (crown and judicial)
  • How to draft an effective Charter application
  • “Dissecting Disclosure” an interactive session where interactive experienced counsel thoroughly review an actual sample set of disclosure in a sample summary convictions offence
  • The most recent developments and case law in the area
  • Interactive advocacy workshops (mock JPT, making sentencing submissions and cross-examining a witness)

For a full list of agenda topics, please view the brochure. Register now for this one of a kind learning experience on this important area of law.

CPD Hours (LSO)

32h 30m CPD (29h 30m Substantive; 2h 30m Professionalism; 30m Professionalism EDI)

To register or learn more about the program, please visit the program website.

Here’s what past participants said about The Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice (also chaired by The Hon. Justice Rick Libman):

“Engaging exercises with valuable feedback. I appreciated the time allotted for questions and discussion. Well developed scenarios. Good preparation for court practice.” Raj Bharati, Legal Counsel, Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario

“After eight years of university, I didn’t realize how much practical and helpful more education could be. I was forced outside of my comfort zone at times, gained the perspectives of many experienced professionals, and learned so much in the process.” Venetia Whiting, Bennett Jones LLP

Registration and Discounts

If you’re a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association or Ontario Paralegal Association, you will receive 20% off the registration fee. Please inquire with your association for the discount code.

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