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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 new, 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
  • Paul Calarco, Barrister & Solicitor
  • Ari Goldkind, Barrister & Solicitor
  • The Hon. Justice Mara Greene, Ontario Court of Justice
  • Lisa Henderson, Counsel, Crown Law Office, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Emily Lam, Kastner Law
  • Daniel Libman, Damien Frost & Associates LLP
  • Ruth McGuirl, Crown Counsel, Public Prosecution Service of Canada
  • Royland Moriah, MacGregor Moriah Horic LLP
  • Kim Schofield, Kim Schofield & Associates
  • Janani Shanmugunathan, Erin Dann Barrister
  • Richard Stern, Barrister & Solicitor
  • 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 group discounts and financial assistance. 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

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

October 26, November 30, 2019, & January 18, February 29, and March 28, 2020 
9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT

Registration for Module 1 is now closed

Registration for Module 2 is now closed

Note: all participants must attend Module 5 in person.



Fee per Delegate

$2,595 + HST

Module 1 Only: $525 + HST

Module 2 Only: $525 + HST

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

Registration for this program is now closed.

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Defence Lawyers
  • Crown Attorneys
  • Paralegals

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