Program Chair

Lisa Henderson

Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (retired)

Your testimony can make or break a case. Are you ready?

Testifying in court can be very daunting. There is a lot riding on your performance. In one intensive day, you will get the knowledge and practical skills you need to meet this challenge head on.

In this interactive OsgoodePD program, you will hear from an expert faculty of judges, Crown Attorneys and defence counsel on what it takes to prepare for and provide bullet-proof testimony in court. 

In an information packed morning session (available for individual purchase), you will drill down on the essentials of how to prepare and give evidence in court. 

In the afternoon, you will participate in the Courtroom Testimony Skills Workshop.  During this live session, you will have a unique opportunity to hone your testimony skills and benefit from personalized feedback from an experienced faculty of judges, Crown Attorneys defence counsel.

Using a criminal case fact scenario, you will break into small groups and participate in a hearing in which you will give evidence in direct examination and on cross-examination.  Our expert faculty will provide you with feedback on a variety of topics including effective communication techniques and how to avoid bad habits. 

You will leave with practical tips and strategies that you can apply with confidence the next time you are required to testify in court. 

Registration includes 120-day unlimited, online access to the recorded morning program.

What You’ll Learn

Preparing for your day in court – what you need to know to make the most of your testimony  (taking effective notes, how to review your notes, how ton review the evidence, etc.)

Understanding the role of the Crown and what they can and can’t do for you

Strategies for mastering the direct examination

Expert tips from experienced defence counsel on what to expect on cross examination

Const. Gregory Scott

Halton Regional Police

“This course is a must for any officer. It not only highlights the value of taking detailed notes but also helps clearly define the officer’s role in the trial process.”

Who Should Attend

Police (all members)

Other Law Enforcement Professionals


Program Chair

Lisa Henderson

Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (retired)


Lisa Henderson

Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (retired)

The Hon. Justice Rick Libman

Ontario Court of Justice

Joanne Prince

Barrister & Solicitor

A/Detective Sergeant Steve Smith

Homicide and Missing Persons Unit Toronto Police Service

Program Agenda


Recorded: Apr 5, 2023

$595 + TAX

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Geovanna Santamaria

Disclosure Facilitator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

“Very well organized. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with the Crowns and defence lawyers.”

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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Substantive (Morning Session Only)2h 25m
Professionalism (Morning Session Only)45m
Total (Morning Session Only)3h 10m

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