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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

For boardroom and multi-purchase rates, please email us.
OsgoodePD offers group rates and financial assistance for both on-site and webcast formats.


After your purchase is complete, the course will appear in the Order History of your OsgoodePD account with a link to "Take Online Course". Once you click "Take Online Course" you will be forwarded to the Moodle page with the materials link. The program video link with be unlocked on the day of the program. You will have access to the video for 90 days.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the 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, Substitutions and Refunds

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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Technical Support

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

Date Recorded
March 22, 2019

Program Details

Date & Time

May 3, 2019


Web - Replay

Fee per Delegate

$349 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Police (all members)

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