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A joint program between SOAR and OsgoodePD.

Learn the fundamental skills involved in writing clear, concise and well-reasoned decisions

Delivered by and for members of the administrative justice community, this powerful one-day workshop is a mix of interactive, skills and knowledge-based training.

Alongside one of Canada’s recognized leaders in Decision Writing, Pamela Chapman, a group of expert facilitators from the administrative justice community will lead small group discussions and provide individualized feedback.

What You’ll Learn

You will engage in practical writing exercises, and learn:

The key components of clear, concise, well-reasoned decisions

Core writing principles, including context and point-first writing

Strategies for drafting effective introductions

Powerful tips on decision structure and issue-driven organization

Recent developments in the duty to give reasons

PLUS! You will obtain valuable resources including checklists, tip sheets, legal sources on sufficiency and sample decisions.

Who Should Attend

New and experienced decision-writers, reviewers, and counsel with administrative and regulatory agencies, boards and tribunals.

This is an introductory course but will be useful for anyone who has not done a full-day structured program on decision writing, or who wants a refresher.


Program Director

To Be Confirmed

Past Instructors

Linda Gehrke

Vice-Chair, Workplace Safety & Insurance Appeals Tribunal (Ontario)

Neil Khanna

Legal Counsel, Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO)

Taivi Lobu

Member, Licence Appeal Tribunal, Tribunals Ontario

The Hon. Justice Katherine McLeod

Ontario Court of Justice

Susan Lightstone

Counsel, Office of the Assistant Deputy Attorney General of Ontario, Criminal Law Division

Caroline Mandell

Legal Communication and Litigation Consultant, Mandell Coaching

Due to the hands-on, interactive nature of this program, live attendance is mandatory.  Content will not be available for archived viewing.


Sep 16, 2024

$795 + TAX


Sep 16, 2024
9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m (ET)

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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
Contact us for inquiries about other provinces.
Substantive 5h 25m
Professionalism 45m
Total6h 10m

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