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

Now in its 3rd year and led by The Hon. Justice Rick Libman, this program explores the key stages of a summary conviction offence matter while emphasizing ways of strengthening your written and oral advocacy.

Our expert faculty will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the relevant law and a unique opportunity to hone your advocacy skills. 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

Plus! Intensive workshops on making sentencing submissions on a guilty plea as well as cross-examining a witness at trial.

Reserve your place now to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity while fulfilling your LSO CPD requirements for 2022.

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


Interactive workshops included

Participants have 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



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Marian Lippa

Lippa Legal Services (2020)

“Informative speakers, detailed literature and the online interactive forum was very useful.”

Certificate Requirements

To receive an Osgoode Certificate, you must complete all program modules, 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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Substantive25h 35m
Professionalism5h 30m
Total 32h 5m

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Frequently Asked Questions

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