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Post-Groia, civility in the courtroom continues to be a hot topic for the legal profession. In addition to the potential for discipline proceedings, counsel who fail to appreciate the need for civility in and out of the courtroom risk significant reputational damage - with the bench, clients and their peers.

Advocates need to understand where the line is and what consequences flow from it.

In this OsgoodePD online program, an experienced panel of judges will share their top tips and provide practical guidance on how to ensure your professional reputation is not compromised. Referencing real-life examples, topics include:

  • When does ‘uncivil’ behavior cross the line into conduct subject for discipline?
  • Practical guidance on courtroom procedures and etiquette
  • Understand the importance of formality – both, in and out of the courtroom
  • Strategies for responding to ‘uncivil’ conduct
  • Guidance on how to respectfully use technology in court
  • Effective techniques for responding to the unruly behavior of a self-rep
  • Do your obligations shift for judge alone vs. jury trial?



  • The Hon. Justice Patrice F. Band, Ontario Court of Justice


  • The Hon. Justice Sandra Bacchus, Ontario Court of Justice
  • The Hon. Justice Jane Kelly, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • The Hon. Justice David Stratas, Federal Court of Appeal
  • The Hon. Justice Karen M. Weiler, Court of Appeal for Ontario

Group Discounts

2-3 delegates: 25% off archived program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off archived program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off archived 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. In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
December 16, 2015
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

$179 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Legal professionals from all levels of experience and practice areas
  • In-house counsel
  • Sole practitioners
  • Crown attorneys
  • Criminal defence lawyers
  • Government counsel
  • Articling students

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