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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

Plus! Don’t miss the afternoon Courtroom Testimony Skills Workshop!  This is a unique opportunity to hone your testimony skills while being constructively critiqued by an expert faculty of Crown attorneys, defence counsel, judges and senior police instructors.  You’ll participate in a mock scenario, giving evidence on direct examination and on cross-examination. Let experienced judges and practitioners provide you with valuable strategic insight and practical advice on how to maximize the quality and impact of your testimony.

Space is strictly limited to ensure that each attendee receives the personal attention necessary to make the most of this rare learning opportunity.


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 Shanmugunathan, Erin Dann Barrister
  • Richard Stern, Barrister & Solicitor



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

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.

Technical Support

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


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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:
Stéphane McRoberts at SMcRoberts@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

March 22, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

Full Day (Morning Session + Afternoon Workshop) *on-site registration only 
$599 + HST

Morning Session *on-site or webcast registration 
$349 + HST
Register for Morning Session 

Register for Full Day

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Police (all members)

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

“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 training. Good tips and exercises.”
– Anonymous

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.