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The essential course for anyone whose work involves search warrants.

You will get the tools you need to draft clear, accurate and complete search warrant applications and avoid the often-dire consequences of deficient drafting

You can make or break your case depending on how you have drafted your Search Warrant.

In this one day comprehensive program led by an expert and experienced faculty, you will get the knowledge and skills you need to draft a wide variety of search warrants with clarity and certainty, to review and revise warrants, and to identify and develop strategies for defending or attacking them.

Topics will include:

  • Computer and hi-tech device searches; Special challenges and drafting considerations
  • Using anonymous sources, informers and tipsters effectively and avoiding traps
  • Sealing Orders; How and when to get them and how to fight them
  • Warrants involving media, lawyer communications and medical records; Perils and procedures
  • Practical issues and effective responses throughout the warrant process
  • Drill down on the foundation principles of warrant drafting

Take the optional Day 2 Workshop and build on what you learned on Day 1. You’ll draft and review portions of Warrant samples with the guidance of experienced criminal litigators.


  • Fraser M. Kelly, General Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Matthew Asma, Crown Counsel, Crown Law Office-Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Erin Dann, Embry Dann LLP


Fees include attendance and program materials.

Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

OsgoodePD offers group rates and financial assistance for both on-site and webcast formats.

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.

Cancellations and Substitutions

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 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Mary Park at mpark@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

March 1, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT

Day Two Workshop
March 2, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT

Online Replay
April 12, 2021
Register for Online Replay


Live - Online, interactive

Fee per Delegate

Day one: $525 + HST

Day one + Workshop: $695 + HST

Newly licensed price (2018 to present): $347.50 + HST for course and workshop (for Day one registrants only)

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Law enforcement officers
  • Regulatory investigators
  • Crown Attorneys
  • Defence lawyers
  • Judges

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