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An allegation of sexual assault raises unique challenges for lawyers, judges and investigators. In recent years, the justice system’s handling of these cases has come under sustained scrutiny. Positive outcomes in sexual offence cases are contingent on good education and best practices.

Join a faculty of top level lawyers, judges and social scientists to hear the latest in the law and practical approaches including:

  • Conducting trauma informed investigations and prosecutions; understanding how sexual assault impacts a victim’s behaviour and memory ; questioning the science of trauma and its effect on witness reliability and memory
  • Crown vs defence discussion concerning the admissibility of expert evidence about the effects of trauma on a complainant including a mock voir dire
  • Cross-examination of the complainant; law, ethics and strategy
  • Unique evidence admissibility issues in sexual assault trials, including issues relating to capacity to consent
  • Top five new cases in sexual assault law
  • Bill C-51: proposed changes to the law

Faculty

Chairs

  • Jill Witkin, Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario), Crown Law Office-Criminal
  • Frank Addario, Addario Law Group LLP

Keynote Speaker

  • Lori Haskell, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Speakers

  • Coming soon.

Fees

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.

FAQs

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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Mary Park at mpark@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

April 21, 2018
In Person or Webcast

Location

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

Fee per Delegate

$495 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • Crown and defence lawyers
  • Judges
  • Law enforcement
  • Military prosecutors
  • Victim workers from crisis centres
  • Forensic nurses

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Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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