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Dispute resolution in the administrative law context differs from traditional civil litigation—and the skills needed for success in preparing and presenting cases are also distinctive. This new program provides insightful commentary and the opportunity to hone your tribunal advocacy skills. From assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your case to closing statements—learn how the experts do it!

  • What’s distinctive about tribunal advocacy?
  • Common themes and practices across the tribunal spectrum
  • Which courtroom habits actually hamper tribunal advocates?
  • Do different categories of tribunals – licensing, prosecution-based and benefits-based – raise different advocacy issues?
  • Understanding what drives your particular tribunal
  • The most common and troublesome jurisdictional issues
  • Roles of panel members, tribunal counsel, and prosecutors
  • Investigation and discovery in tribunal proceedings
  • Disclosure rights and obligations
  • Extent of your client’s obligation to participate in the investigation; self-incrimination
  • The advocate’s role at prehearing stage (investigation and discovery) and in negotiations and resolution
  • Motions before the tribunal
  • Using and/or creating summary dismissal processes
  • How to get in front of the tribunal before the hearing
  • When and how Charter issues should be raised and substantiated
  • Calling evidence before the tribunal, including evidence by way of affidavit, expert witness panels
  • How to help the tribunal make sense of the legal issues
  • Written submissions to tribunals – are they just factums, or something else?
  • Opening statements: when to make them, what to say?

Plus: an optional skills training day (Day 2) which will track the progress of a hypothetical administrative law file and involve you in practicing the techniques you’ve learned – and receiving individualized and constructive feedback from an expert faculty.



  • Luisa Ritacca, Stockwoods LLP
  • Matthew Horner, Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario), Constitutional Law Branch



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Paul Truster

Program Details

Date & Time

Day One:
October 16, 2017

8:30 am - 4:30pm EDT
In Person or Webcast
Day Two (Optional Skills Workshop):
October 17, 2017
8:30am - 4:00pm EDT
In Person


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

Day 1 Only: $645 plus HST
Both Days: $1,195 plus HST

> Register for the Online Replay of Day 1

> Register for the Online Replay of Day 1 & 2

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Civil litigators (plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel) who appear before administrative tribunals
  • Administrative law lawyers
  • In-house litigation counsel who appear before administrative tribunals
  • Litigation law clerks or paralegals who appear before administrative tribunals

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