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Ensure you have an up-to-date grasp of the evidentiary principles that govern your case whether or not it settles or proceeds to trial.

With relatively few civil cases proceeding through trial to judgment these days, legal professionals increasingly lack the regular courtroom experience that forges a thorough understanding of the law of evidence. But as experienced litigators know, such an understanding is critical to shaping the strategy of your case and assessing its strength. The questions “What can I prove?” or “What can I prevent the other side from proving?” are as relevant as ever. This program will equip you to answer them and includes discussion of relevance, admissibility, hearsay, and privilege.

Topics include:

  • Best practices to avoid common mistakes in gathering and presenting evidence on motions and applications (including summary judgment motions)
  • How to ensure that the evidence you present is both relevant and material
  • Techniques for maximizing the weight of your evidence
  • Overcoming difficulties in challenging experts and opinion evidence
  • Key cases in solicitor-client and litigation privilege
  • Strategies to bolster your case using documents and business records
  • How to introduce or respond to a prior inconsistent statement
  • Realistic and practical approaches to evidentiary conundrums and ethical and professional dilemmas arising in the gathering and use of evidence


Program Chairs

  • Jacqueline L. King, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Douglas B. B. Stewart, Dentons Canada LLP


  • The Hon. Justice Jamie K. Trimble, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • Robert B. Bell, Lerners LLP
  • Nadia Campion, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP
  • Ranjan Das, Berkow Youd Lev-Farrell Das LLP
  • Megan Keenberg, Van Kralingen & Keenberg LLP
  • Sean Lawler, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Lindsay Lorimer, McMillan LLP
  • Lisa C. Munro, Lerners LLP
  • Jane Sirdevan, Gardiner Roberts LLP
  • Dena N. Varah, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
  • Marie-Andrée Vermette, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Laura M. Wagner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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.


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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
April 15, 2019
Fee per Delegate

$695 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Civil litigators (plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel)
  • In-house litigation counsel
  • Litigation law clerks
  • Paralegals

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