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Developed and delivered by senior judges and legal experts, this unique Certificate program will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the key knowledge and skills you need to successfully advocate in Provincial Offences Court.

You will get practical tips and strategies on some of the key areas including:

  • The statutory framework that governs provincial offences
  • Disclosure – when to ask for it, what to look for and how to identify what’s missing
  • Role, duties and professional responsibilities of the POA practitioner
  • The pre-trial – how to get the most out of it
  • Charter applications in POA court and how to draft an effective Charter application
  • Effective insight on how to best prepare and conduct your POA trial
  • Appeals – the law and the strategies

Plus! Full day intensive workshops on conducting your cross-examination and making submissions on sentencing.

Reserve your place now to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity while fulfilling your full CPD requirements for both 2019 and 2020. 


Program Director

  • The Hon. Justice Rick Libman, Ontario Court of Justice


  • Chris Bendick, Senior Counsel, Prosecutions, Regional Municipality of York
  • Detective Constable Jackie Brown, Toronto Police Services (Traffic Services)
  • Despina Cadieux, Provincial Prosecutor, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Paul Calarco, Barrister & Solicitor
  • His Worship Justice of the Peace Mangesh Singh Duggal, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Detective Constable Melissa Elaschuk, Toronto Police Services (Traffic Services)
  • Soussanna Karas, Senior Counsel, Litigation, Electrical Safety Authority
  • Emily Lam, Kastner Law
  • Raphael Leong, Manager, Provincial Offences Court Operations, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Jamie MacPherson, Manager, Provincial Prosecutions, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Theodore Mercado, Criminal Duty Counsel, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Robert Montrose, Detective/Sergeant, Metro Toronto Police Force (retired)
  • His Worship Justice of the Peace Richard Quon, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Hans Saamen, Senior Counsel, Prosecutions, Regional Municipality of York
  • Fredrick Schumann, Stockwoods LLP
  • Serhiy Senatorov, Traffic Law Legal Services
  • Richard Stern, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Jacob Stilman, Lo Greco Stilman LLP
  • Erin Winocur, Assistant Crown Attorney, Crown Attorney’s Office (Toronto)



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

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.

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice. Participants must attend all program modules and successfully complete the take-home assignment to receive a certificate.

Substitutions, Cancellations 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 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 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

Module 1
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Registration for this program is now closed

Module 2
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Registration for this program is now closed

Module 3
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Registration for this program is now closed

Module 4
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Register Now

Module 5
Saturday, March 7, 2020
In-Person Only 


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

Fee per Delegate

$2,595 + HST

Newly Licensed (2017-Present): $1,297.50

NOTE: Modules 1, 2, & 4 can be purchased individually at $595 +HST

Register for Module 4

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Paralegals
  • Lawyers

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“Every paralegal should take this program.”

Richard Joseph Dunn, RJ Dunn Legal Services

“An excellent, one of a kind program with an all-star cast! A must take for anyone working within the realm of the POA!.”

Brian Lass, Prosecutor, GO Transit/METROLINX

“I completed an entire appeal factum based on what I learned at the program. This course has benefited my practice greatly. Thank you.”

Marian Lippa, Paralegal, Lippa Legal Services; Paralegal Bencher Law Society of Upper Canada

“After 8 years of university, I didn’t realize how practical and helpful more education could be. I was forced outside of my comfort zone at times, gained the perspectives of many experienced professionals and learned so much in the process.”

Venetia Whiting, Bennett Jones LLP

“A must-attend course for anyone practicing or thinking of practicing in the Provincial Offences Court. The faculty are all top notch.”

Claude Gelbard, Discipline Paralegal, The Law Society of Upper Canada

“Engaging exercises with valuable feedback. I appreciated the time allotted for questions and discussion. Well developed scenarios. Good preparation for court practice.”

Raj Bharati, Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario

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.