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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

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

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Date Recorded

April 15, 2019

Program Details

Date & Time

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


Web - Replay

Fee per Delegate

$695 plus HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019) Rate: $347.50 + HST

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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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