Program Director

The Hon. Justice Rick Libman

Ontario Court of Justice

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Get the knowledge and practical skills you need to be an effective advocate when handling summary conviction offences.

Now in its 5th year and led by The Hon. Justice Rick Libman, this one-of-a-kind program explores the key stages of a summary conviction offence matter while emphasizing ways of strengthening your written and oral advocacy.

You’ll get a comprehensive overview of the relevant law and practice all while enjoying the benefits of flexible asynchronous learning. Learn at your own pace and have on-demand access to four days’ worth of presentations and group discussions.

You’ll also have a unique opportunity to hone your advocacy skills in our live, full-day advocacy workshops. Learn-by-doing exercises and individualized feedback from defence lawyers, Crown Attorneys and judges will take your confidence and skills to a new level.

What You’ll Learn

Expert insight in how to review the disclosure

Strategies for getting the most out of the Crown pre-trial and judicial pre-trial

Charter applications and how to improve your overall written advocacy

Practical tips to strengthen your oral advocacy at trial

Best practices when discussing resolution with your client and/or the prosecutor

The most recent developments and case law in the area

Charles S. Freed

Freed Legal Services LLP (2020)

“Very well put together with meaningful interactions between faculty and attendees. Using some of the new strategies that I learned, I successfully negotiated an absolute discharge for my client during a judicial pre-trial”

Who Should Attend

Defence Lawyers

Crown Attorneys



Program Director

The Hon. Justice Rick Libman

Ontario Court of Justice


Jason Balgopal

Assistant Crown Attorney, Scarborough Crown Attorney’s Office, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)

Paul Calarco

Barrister & Solicitor

Julianna Greenspan

Greenspan Partners LLP

Lisa Henderson

Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (retired)

Helen How

Assistant Crown Attorney, Downtown Toronto Crown Attorney’s Office, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)

The Hon. Justice Rick Libman

Ontario Court of Justice

Royland Moriah

Rusonik O’Connor Robbins Ross & Angelini LLP

Megan Petrie

Assistant Crown Attorney, Scarborough Crown’s Office, Ministry of the Attorney General

Leah Shafran

Leah Shafran Law

Jillian Siskind

Siskind Doyle LLP

Richard Stern

Barrister & Solicitor

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Sandeep Bandhu

Licensed Paralegal (2021)

“This program is a must-have for new and seasoned licensees. By connecting participants to a faculty with deep-subject matter expertise, Osgoode provides practitioners with the tools they need to represent their clients from charge to trial and everything in between.”

Certificate Requirements

To receive an Osgoode Certificate, you must view all program modules, attend all workshops and successfully complete an online assessment within 30 days of the last module. 

CPD and Accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
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Total 19h

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LawPRO Risk Management Credit

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