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Are you equipped with the latest case law and expert perspectives needed for success in this 'people's Court'?

Get practical guidance from a faculty of distinguished Deputy Small Claims Court judges and legal practitioners, in areas such as:

  • Drafting your pleadings to avoid the problems that annoy judges and needlessly escalate conflict
  • Pleading ‘facts, not evidence’ – how true in Small Claims?
  • Settlement conferences:
    • what the Rules require (including disclosure requirements)
    • doing it correctly to avoid the necessity of a return visit
  • Motions to obtain what amounts to a summary judgment
  • Setting aside default judgments
  • Making sure your evidence at trial is heard and your exhibits aren’t excluded
  • Qualifying/challenging expert witnesses
  • Objections at trial: why, how and when?
  • Opening and closing statements
  • Making effective submissions on costs
  • Enforcement of judgments—improving the odds in this notoriously difficult area
  • Ways of maximizing the recovery
  • Effective debtor examinations
  • How lawyers and licensed paralegals will fulfill their obligations in the face of the Court’s anticipated increase in money jurisdiction
  • What the next increase in the Court’s monetary jurisdiction will mean for practitioners’ professional obligations



  • Administrative Deputy Judge Beverley A. Martel, Brampton Small Claims Court; Weir Nakon LLP, author, A Guide To Practice and Procedure in The Ontario Small Claims Court 
  • Rick Goodman,  Fredrick Goodman Paralegal


  • Deputy Judge Janis P. Criger, Hamilton Small Claims Court; Barrister & Solicitor; President, Ontario Deputy Judges Association; Bencher, Law Society of Ontario
  • Deputy Judge Theodore Crljenica, Toronto Small Claims Court; Ted Crljenica Mediation & Arbitration
  • Deputy Judge Abraham B. Davis, Richmond Hill Small Claims Court
  • Jessica Hewlett, Katzman & Associates
  • Brian Houghton, Litigation Projects Manager, Pro Bono Ontario
  • Gail A. Mahadeo, Klein & Schonblum Associates
  • Tiziana Moretti, Chief Law Clerk, Speigel Nichols Fox LLP
  • Deputy Judge Rajneesh K. Sharda, Brampton Small Claims Court; Sharda Law Professional Corporation
  • Patrick T. Summers, Chappell Partners LLP
  • Deputy Judge Edwin G. Upenieks, Brampton Small Claims Court; Lawerence, Lawerence, Stevenson LLP
  • Deputy Judge Frances M. Wood, Brampton Small Claims Court; Wood Gold LLP
  • Deputy Judge Jack S. Zwicker, Richmond Hill Small Claims Court; Zwicker Dispute Resolutions


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

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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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:
Paul Truster at PTruster@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

April 1, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Online Replay
May 10, 2019
Register for Online Replay 


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

Fee per Delegate

$525 + HST

Newly Licensed (2016 - 2019)
$295 +HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers and licensed paralegals appearing in Ontario's Small Claims Courts

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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.