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Completion of this program counts towards the
Advanced Certificate in Adjudication

Administrative tribunals have one objective – to ensure a fair and efficient hearing. However, for even the most senior adjudicator, evidentiary issues can be daunting to manage and if mishandled, lead to procedural challenges. While the cardinal rule is: if relevant, hear it, there are additional questions that must be considered and weighed. This advanced level program will provide a hands-on, deep dive into the key principles underlying the rules of evidence and the thought processes that could affect your decision-making on evidentiary issues. Using video scenarios, scenario-based exercises, specific topics include:

  • Application of evidentiary principles by tribunals
  • Common evidentiary challenges: hearsay, privilege, documents
  • Effective management of evidentiary objections
  • Admissibility versus weight
  • Special problems created by electronic evidence
  • Managing expert evidence
  • Making credibility findings
  • Observation, recollection and truth-telling, and the value of oral evidence


Program Director

  • Pamela Chapman, Legal Educator and Consultant

Guest Instructor

  • Steve Joordens, University of Toronto



Fees include attendance and program materials.

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:
Gail Geronimo at ggeronimo@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

September 23, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT


Online - Live, interactive

Fee per Delegate

$695 plus HST

Registration for this program is now closed.

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

This program is recommended for:

  • graduates of the SOAR/OsgoodePD Certificate in Adjudication; OR
  • those with two or more years of full-time experience as an adjudicator, OR an equivalent amount of experience as a part-time adjudicator; OR
  • senior tribunal staff, such as counsel, who work closely with adjudicators and would benefit from advanced training in adjudication

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What past attendees have said about the Certificate in Adjudication:

“Well oiled machine! Excellent control of time & deliverables.”
R. Richards
RG Richards

“A great practical program for new adjudicators, those interested in becoming adjudicators or those who appear before adjudicators! The program laid the framework for fair & effective adjudication. The presenters were knowledgeable & engaging, and the practitioners provided some very valuable tips & feedback.”
Zirka Jakibchuk
Ontario College of Teachers

“Thanks to all speakers & administrators! I really learned a lot this week & my confidence has improved in this area.”
Christine Coulter
Queen’s University

“Absolutely outstanding from every point of view!”
May 2016

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