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Ensure you have an up-to-date grasp of the evidentiary principles that govern your case whether or not it settles or proceeds to trial.

With relatively few civil cases proceeding through trial to judgment these days, legal professionals increasingly lack the regular courtroom experience that forges a thorough understanding of the law of evidence. But as experienced litigators know, such an understanding is critical to shaping the strategy of your case and assessing its strength. The questions “What can I prove?” or “What can I prevent the other side from proving?” are as relevant as ever. This program will equip you to answer them and includes discussion of relevance, admissibility, hearsay, and privilege.

Topics include:

  • Best practices to avoid common mistakes in gathering and presenting evidence on motions and applications (including summary judgment motions)
  • How to ensure that the evidence you present is both relevant and material
  • Techniques for maximizing the weight of your evidence
  • Overcoming difficulties in challenging experts and opinion evidence
  • Key cases in solicitor-client and litigation privilege
  • Strategies to bolster your case using documents and business records
  • How to introduce or respond to a prior inconsistent statement
  • Realistic and practical approaches to evidentiary conundrums and ethical and professional dilemmas arising in the gathering and use of evidence


Program Chairs

  • Jacqueline L. King, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Douglas B. B. Stewart, Dentons Canada LLP


  • The Hon. Justice Jamie K. Trimble, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • Robert B. Bell, Lerners LLP
  • Nadia Campion, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP
  • Ranjan Das, Berkow Youd Lev-Farrell Das LLP
  • Megan Keenberg, Van Kralingen & Keenberg LLP
  • Sean Lawler, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Lindsay Lorimer, McMillan LLP
  • Lisa C. Munro, Lerners LLP
  • Jane Sirdevan, Gardiner Roberts LLP
  • Dena N. Varah, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
  • Marie-Andrée Vermette, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Laura M. Wagner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments. Group discounts are available. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Group Discounts for CLE Programs

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, 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 (less $75 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. 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

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Paul Truster

Program Details

Date & Time

April 15, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
In Person or Webcast


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

Fee per Delegate

$695 plus HST

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Civil litigators (plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel)
  • In-house litigation counsel
  • Litigation law clerks
  • Paralegals

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