Program Chairs

Jonathan Shime

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Schwartzentruber LLP

Meaghan Cunningham

Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario), East Region Lead, Human Trafficking Prosecution Team

Make sure you are up to date on the recent changes in sexual assault law and have the practical tools to investigate, prosecute or defend cases effectively

Don’t miss Osgoode Professional Development’s upcoming one-day deep-dive into the latest legislation, important decisions and best approaches before, during and after trial.

Optimum outcomes in sexual offence criminal cases are contingent on good education and best practices. An allegation of sexual assault raise unique challenges for lawyers, judges and investigators. In recent years, the justice system’s handling of these cases has come under sustained scrutiny. Join a faculty of top-level lawyers and judges to learn the latest in the law and effective approaches.

Sexual assault cases are difficult for all parties involved. The complainant must undergo emotional and sometimes lengthy cross-examination. The accused faces the stigma of a sexual assault conviction as well as the prospect of a lengthy jail sentence, collection of DNA and compliance with the sex offence registry. There is often no corroboration and much public scrutiny.

A widely respected faculty will offer guidance on key challenges and optimal approaches. This conference will be a forum for robust discussion and an opportunity to ask your questions and make your comments.

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

What You’ll learn

New rules for sexual history and records: A practical review of cases involving Sections 276 and 278 C.C. post the SCC Decision in R. v. JJ (2022 SCC 28)

Five cases for the hip pocket: Notable decisions and recent trends

How to Navigate Concurrent Prosecutions: Regulatory, criminal and civil

Knowing your sentencing options and the implications of your choice

Trial by Judge alone or judge and jury? Crucial considerations in making the right election

Who Should Attend

Criminal lawyers, defence and Crowns (Federal and provincial)

Police sex crimes investigators and trainers

Police and medical regulatory investigators (SIU, College of Physicians & Surgeons, College of Massage Therapists)

Sexual assault victim support workers (medical and social service sectors)


Civil litigators specializing in sexual assault based civil lawsuits


Program Chairs

Jonathan Shime

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Schwartzentruber LLP

Meaghan Cunningham

Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario), East Region Lead, Human Trafficking Prosecution Team

Keynote Speaker

Robin Parker

Counsel, Paradigm Law Group


Program Agenda


Recorded: Nov 24, 2023

$345 + TAX

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CPD Hours
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Substantive4h 25m
Professionalism 25m
Total5h 50m

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