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Created by the developers of The Osgoode Certificate in Provincial Offences Court Practice, this new, hands-on program will provide you with the tools you need to be an effective advocate when handling summary conviction offences.

Led by The Honourable Justice Rick Libman and a faculty of experienced defence lawyers and Crown Attorneys, this intensive program will examine all the key stages of a summary conviction offence file, including:

  • Tips when interviewing your client (with a focus on the first meeting)
  • Strategies for getting the most out of the pre-trial (crown and judicial)
  • How to draft an effective Charter application
  • “Dissecting Disclosure”: a thorough review of disclosure in a sample summary convictions with a specific focus on what to look for, how to use it and how to determine what you still need
  • Best practices when discussing resolution with your client and the prosecutor

Plus! The most recent developments and case law in the area as well as a unique opportunity to participate in the following interactive workshops:

  • Making sentencing submissions before a judge
  • Cross-examining a witness in a mock summary offence trial


Program Director

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


  • Carla Agatiello, Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Jason Balgopal, Assistant Crown Attorney, Scarborough Crown Attorney’s Office, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • The Hon. Justice Kofi Barnes, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • Detective Constable Jackie Brown, Toronto Police Services (Traffic Services)
  • Paul Calarco, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Melissa Elaschuk, Postal Inspector, Security & Investigation Services, Canada Post; former Detective Constable, Toronto Police Services
  • Ari Goldkind, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Julianna Greenspan, Greenspan Partners LLP
  • Lisa Henderson, Counsel, Crown Law Office, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Helen How, Assistant Crown Attorney, Downtown Toronto Crown Attorney’s Office, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Kelsey Ivory, Damien R. Frost & Associates
  • Tanya Kranjc, Crown Counsel, Crown Law Office (Criminal), Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Daniel Libman, Damien R. Frost & Associates
  • The Hon. Justice Rick Libman, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Theodore Mercado, Criminal Duty Counsel, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Ruth McGuirl, Crown Counsel, Public Prosecution Service of Canada
  • Robert Montrose, Detective/Sergeant, Metro Toronto Police Force (retired)
  • Royland Moriah, MacGregor Moriah Horic LLP
  • The Hon. Justice Katrina Mulligan, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Craig Power, Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Her Worship Justice of the Peace Mary Ross Hendriks, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Lorne Sabsay, Sabsay Lawyers
  • Kim Schofield, Kim Schofield & Associates
  • Janani Shanmuganathan, Goddard Nasseri LLP
  • Richard Stern, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Jacob Stilman, Lo Greco Stilman LLP
  • Lori Ann Thomas, Thomas Defence
  • The Hon. Justice Andrea Tuck-Jackson, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Erin Winocur, Assistant Crown Attorney, Crown Attorney’s Office (Toronto), Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)


Fees include attendance and program materials. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance.

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

In order to successfully complete the program and obtain an Osgoode Certificate in Handling Summary Conviction Offence Cases, participants must attend all program modules and satisfactorily pass an online multiple-choice exam.

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:
Stephane C. McRoberts at SMcRoberts@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

November 14, December 5, 2020, & January 23, February 20, and March 27, 2021 
9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST/EDT

Module 1: Overview of Summary Conviction Trials
Register for Module 1 

Module 2: Evidence in Summary Conviction Trials 
Register for Module 2 



Fee per Delegate

$2,595 + HST

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

Module 1 Only: $525 + HST

Module 2 Only: $525 + HST

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Defence Lawyers
  • Crown Attorneys
  • Paralegals

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Hotels & Parking

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