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With over a million charges being laid annually under provincial statutes and municipal bylaws, provincial offences continue to be one of the leading cases heard in the province’s courts. While many cases may be settled before they go to court, you need to be prepared for thos matters that will be litigated. Led by The Hon. Justice Rick Libman, this information packed day will guide you through some of the most critical stages of the POA litigation file: the trial, sentencing and appeals.

Hear from your expert faculty of judges, lawyers and paralegals on various topics such as:

  • Preparing for the trial
    • how to prepare your client and witnesses
    • strategies on pre-trial negotiations with the prosecutor
    • how to prepare the examination-in-chief of any of your witnesses as well as for the cross-examination of any of the prosecutor’s witnesses
  • Conducting the trial
    • tips on effective advocacy when examining witnesses
    • making opening statements and closing submissions
  • Guilty pleas and sentencing (making effective submissions at the sentencing stage)
  • Appeals: proper grounds and knowing when to appeal

This program is also part of the Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Practice (Module 4). Click here for complete Certificate details.




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


  • Emily Lam, Rosen Naster LLP
  • Diana Lumba, Edward H. Royle & Associates
  • Stephen Parker, President, Ontario Paralegal Association
  • Ooma Wendy Ramroop, Provincial Prosecutor, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • The Hon. Justice Sheila Ray, Ontario Court of Justice


  • The Practitioner's Guide to the POA Trial, Sentencing and Appeals

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

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    • 8:30 am
      Registration and Continental Breakfast
    • 9:00 am
      Introduction and Opening Remarks from the Chair
      THE HON. JUSTICE RICK LIBMAN, Ontario Court of Justice
    • 9:05 am
      Preparing for the POA Trial
      STEPHEN PARKER, President, Ontario Paralegal Association Are you truly ready for trial? This session will review key strategies and provide you with tips on how to best prepare for the POA trial. Topics include:
      • How to prepare your client and witnesses
      • Strategies on any pre-trial negotiations with the prosecutor
      • Preparing the examination-in-chief of any of your witnesses and preparing for the cross-examination of the prosecutor’s witnesses
      • Recognizing the importance and significance of each witness and knowing which questions to ask
    • 10:30 am
      Morning Break
    • 10:45 am
      How to be an Effective Advocate at Trial
      DIANA LUMBA, Edward H. Royle & Associates OOMA WENDY RAMROOP, Provincial Prosecutor, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario) Now that you’re at trial, how you present and deliver your arguments will be a key factor in determining the outcome. In this session, you will hear from an experienced defence counsel and a provincial prosecutor as to what it takes to be an effective advocate at trial.
    • 12:00 pm
    • 12:45 pm
      Guilty Pleas & Sentencing
      THE HON. JUSTICE SHEILA RAY, Ontario Court of Justice It’s imperative that you understand what’s involved when resolving a matter. If your client wishes to plead guilty, is it a proper plea? What are your client’s instructions? This foundational session will discuss the key elements of the plea comprehension inquiry as well as address sentencing objectives and principles.
    • 2:00 pm
      Sentencing Submissions: Tips and Strategies
      EMILY LAM, Rosen Naster LLP Making good submissions at sentencing can at times be the deciding factor in whether your client receives a favourable outcome. In this session, you will hear from an experienced defence counsel on how to be an effective advocate at the sentencing stage. [NOTE: There will be a 15 minute break during this session.]
    • 3:15 pm
      “To Appeal or Not to Appeal” (Things to Consider on the Way to POA Appeal Court)
      THE HON. JUSTICE RICK LIBMAN, Ontario Court of Justice This session will address such issues as:
      • Dealing with the POA's very short timelines for appeal (including time-saving tips)
      • Obtaining and using trial records and transcripts
      • Considerations in determining the merits of an appeal
    • 4:15 pm
      Program Concludes


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments. Group discounts are available. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Group Discounts for CPD Programs

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 program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, 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 (less $75 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 5 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.

Program Lawyer

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

Program Details

Date & Time

Saturday, February 20, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST


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

Fee per Delegate

$525 plus HST

Registration for this program is now closed.

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Paralegals
  • Lawyers
  • Paralegal Educators

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