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This practical OsgoodePD program will provide you with the tools you need to give effective testimony in court. Don't miss your opportunity to hear from the judges, defence lawyers, Crown attorneys and senior police instructors on what it takes to prepare and give evidence in court.

Whether you are preparing to testify or actually giving evidence in court, this new and practical program will provide you with tips and strategies on how to best navigate your way confidently and effectively through the process.  Topics will include:

-Immediate steps to take when you’ve been called to court
-Knowing what the Crown Attorney can and cannot do for you
-Best practices in giving testimony during direct examination
-Anticipating and dealing with situations on cross-examination
-How to handle the different types of defence counsel you may encounter


Program Chair

  • Detective Kerry Watkins (retired), Professor, Humber College
  • Margaret Bojanowska, Barrister
  • Maggie Brown, Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • The Hon. Justice Lloyd Budzinski, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Paul Calarco, Barrister & Solicitor
  • David Fisher, General Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Ruth McGuirl, Crown Counsel, Public Prosecution Service of Canada
  • Janani Shanmuganathan, Erin Dann Barrister
  • Richard Stern, Barrister & Solicitor


Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.  For financial assistance, please email financialaid-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.


Have a question? Read our FAQs.

Technical Support

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

Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
March 22, 2019
Fee per Delegate

$349 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Police (all members)

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“Workshop was useful to see different cross strategies on same set of facts.”
– Detective Staff Sergeant Matt Watson, Ontario Provincial Police

“Very good day. Lots of useful information. Excellent!”
– Jacques Lacroix, Investigator, Canada Revenue Agency – Criminal Investigations Division

“Excellent speakers and guests, well designed and full of relevant material. Thank you!”
– Murray Martin, Investigator/Forensic Analyst, Ontario Provincial Police – Technological Crime Unit

“Lots of discourse, it felt easy to ask questions.”
– Gordon Kent, Investigator

“Very informative. I took away a lot of good points.”
– Linda Chen, Investigator, Canada Revenue Agency – Criminal Investigations Divison

“Very good content – all police officers need to know this information.”
-Sergeant Beverly Zaporoza, Forensic Identification Training, Canadian Police College