Criminal Justice: Getting to Guilty (Not!)

  • February 07, 2015


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Trials are the mainstay of a criminal lawyer's practice. However, the road to a successful result is full of speed bumps and potholes.

  • How do we navigate these obstacles to get to the result we want?
  • When should the defence try and resolve matters and when should they proceed to trial?
  • How should trial counsel most effectively prepare their case?
  • What is the best use that can be made of Preliminary Inquiries by the Crown and defence?
  • What is the best way of getting Third Party Records?
  • Can the Crown ever resist disclosure requests?

All of these questions and much, much, more will be tackled by a very experienced set of judges, Crown counsel and defence lawyers. With our trademark fact scenario "movie", panels that discuss and debate the controversial areas of running a trial, and sets of papers prepared especially for the program, you will not be disappointed.


The Honourable Suhail Akhtar, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Scott Bergman, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP
Lesley Pasquino, Asst. Crown Attorney, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General


For Whom Quesnelle Tolls: A Primer on Police Occurrence Report Disclosure
Frank Addario, Addario Law Group and Sarah Rankin, Student-At-Law

Cross Examination: Tips for Crown Counsel
Peter Westgate, Deputy Crown Attorney, Newmarket Crown Attorney's Office
Lesley Pasquino, Assistant Crown Attorney, Guns and Gangs Initiative

Don't Tug on Superman's Cape
Liam O'Connor, Rusonik, O'Connor, Robbins, Ross, Angelini and Gorham

Juries: Challenge for Cause and Case Law Update
Jessica Smith Joy, Assistant Crown Attorney, Toronto Crown Attorney's Office
Elena Middelkamp, Assistant Crown Attorney, Toronto Crown Attorney's Office

Nolo Contendere and Alford Pleas in Canada
Benjamin ElzingaCheng, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP

The Law of Privilege: A Primer
Jonathan P. Thompson, Student-at-Law, Downtown Toronto Crown Attorney's Office

The Art of Closing Argument (Or More Accurately: A Few Tools to Get You Started)
Amanda Ross, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP

An Update on the Law Relating to the Co-Conspirator Hearsay Exception (Declarations in Furtherance of a Common Unlawful Design)
Joseph Hanna, Assistant Crown Attorney, Scarborough Crown Attorney's Office