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Do you have the practical knowledge and skills you need to be an effective POA advocate?

With over a million charges being laid annually under provincial statutes and municipal bylaws, provincial offences are one of the highest volume types of cases heard in the province’s courts.

As someone whose practice includes POA files, you need to be able to adeptly manage the broad range of challenging situations that arise before, during and after a hearing. Whether it’s knowing what to look for when reviewing disclosure, negotiating at the pre-trial stage, or advancing your case at trial or on appeal, your client’s success at every stage depends upon your ability to navigate the law and procedure while at the same being an effective advocate.

Using a sample case file, the Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice drills down on the key stages in a POA file ‒ from meeting your client for the first time, conducting the trial, and making submissions on sentencing, to understanding if and how to appeal a decision.

Led by The Hon. Justice Rick Libman, this program is must-attend for paralegals and lawyers practicing in the Provincial Offences Court. Throughout five intensive modules (spread over five months), an expert faculty will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the relevant law and a unique opportunity to hone your written and oral advocacy skills with learn-by-doing exercises and individualized feedback from judges, justices of the peace and senior legal practitioners.

Reserve your place now to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity while earning your full CPD requirements for both 2016 and 2017.

In this practical, hands-on program, you will learn:

  • The statutory framework that governs provincial offences
  • Role, duties, and professional responsibilities of the POA practitioner
  • 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 in POA court:
    • how to prepare for the examination-in-chief
    • key strategies for cross-examining the prosecution’s witness
    • refining sentencing submissions
  • Appeals – the law and the strategies

Module 1: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Provincial Offences Court: A Comprehensive Overview

Module 2: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Evidence in POA Matters

Module 3: Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Charter and POA Prosecutions

Module 4: Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Trial, Sentencing and Appeals

Module 5: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Intensive Advocacy Workshops
(In-person attendance required for Module 5)


Program Director

  • The Hon. Justice Rick Libman, Ontario Court of Justice

Advisory Board

  • The Hon. Justice Sheila Ray, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Sheilagh Stewart, Counsel, Criminal Law Division, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Cathy Corsetti, Chair Paralegal Benchers, Law Society of Upper Canada; Corsetti Paralegal Professional Corporation & Associates
  • Marian Lippa, Paralegal and Bencher, Law Society of Upper Canada; Member, Paralegal Standing Committee and Professional Development and Competency Committee

Past Speakers include:

  • Gerald Chan, Stockwoods LLP
  • The Hon. Justice Steve Coroza, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • Daniel Foster, Education Consultant, Director of Legal Studies, Metro College of Technology
  • Jessyca Greenwood, Greenwood Defence Law
  • Dale E. Ives, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Emily Lam, Rosen Naster LLP
  • The Hon. Justice Rick Libman, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Diana Lumba, Edward H. Royle & Associates
  • His Worship Justice of the Peace Gerry Manno, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Robert Graham Montrose, Detective/Sergeant, Metro Toronto Police Force (retired)
  • Stephen Parker, President, Ontario Paralegals Association
  • His Worship Justice of the Peace Richard Quon, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Ooma Wendy Ramroop, Provincial Prosecutor, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • The Hon. Justice Sheila Ray, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Serhiy Senatorov, Traffic Law Legal Services
  • Her Worship Justice of the Peace Christine Smythe, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Richard Stern, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Sheilagh Stewart, Counsel, Criminal Law Division, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

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.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice. Participants must attend all program modules and successfully complete the take-home assignment to receive a certificate.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

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 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 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.

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Stéphane McRoberts

Program Details

Date & Time

November 19, December 3, 2016 & January 21, February 11 and March 4, 2017 (5 Saturdays)
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Note: Modules 1-4 may be completed in person or by webcast. However, all participants must attend Module 5 in person.


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

Fee per Delegate

$2,495 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Paralegals
  • Lawyers
  • Paralegal Educators

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