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  • The Top Five 2014 - Each year at OJEN's Toronto Summer Law Institute, a judge from the Court of Appeal for Ontario identifies five cases that are of significance in the educational setting. This summary, based on these comments and observations, is appropriate for discussion and debate in the classroom setting. These summaries of important legal cases from 2013 and 2014 were discussed by the Honourable Mr. Justice Russell Jurianz at OJEN's 2014 Summer Law Institute.

1. Canada (Attorney General) v Bedford, 2013 SCC 72 [2013]  3 SCR 1101

2. Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44 [2014] 2 SCR 256

3. R. v. Spencer, 2014 SCC 43 [2014] 2 SCR 212

4. Reference re Senate Reform, 2014 SCC 32, [2014] 1 SCR 704

5. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. Harkat, 2014 SCC 37 [2014] 2 SCR 33

  • Access to Justice Game - In any given 3 year period, nearly 12 million Canadians will experience at least one legal problem. Few will have the resources to solve them. The curriculum-linked Access to Justice game increases students' understanding of the challenges faced by individuals accessing the justice system to resolve a variety of common legal difficulties, from landlord tenant disputes to family law issues. OJEN/ROEJ offers the A2J game as part of Flip Your Wig For Justice campaign. Have fun! 

  • In Brief: Careers in Justice - This handout provides descriptions of 39 different justice sector careers, including information on what the career involves, how to pursue the career and where a person in that career might work. Each description has been prepared with the assistance of professionals in all 39 careers. The related classroom activities encourage students to develop strategies and skills for pursuing their desired career with a focus on understanding the various educational pathways available for careers in justice. Students are also provided with an overview on how to apply for a career in the justice sector, including a cover letter overview and sample letter.

  • In Brief: Contract Law - This handout provides students with an overview of various types of contracts and the building blocks of a contract, including offer, acceptance and consideration. Students learn about defects in contractual relations, such as misrepresentation, mistake, frustration, illegality, duress, undue Influence and unconscionability. Furthermore, students are introduced to the remedies available for breach of contract, including damages, specific performance, injunction and rescission. Classroom activities encourage students to apply their knowledge to discussion-based scenarios and case studies. This handout can be broken down into small sections and be used as a full unit on contract law.

  • In Brief: Expert Evidence - This handout provides an introduction to the law on expert evidence, including what expert evidence is and what makes someone an expert. Students are also introduced to the Mohan test which is the legal test for determining whether an expert opinion should be admitted into evidence. Related classroom activities encourage students to apply their knowledge to discussion-based scenarios and case studies.

  • In Brief: Section 24(2) of the Charter - Exclusion of Evidence - This handout provides an overview of s. 24(2) of the Charter, including the legal test used to determine whether or not evidence obtained through a Charter breach should be excluded. Students are introduced to the Grant test and will apply their knowledge to case studies, including R v Grant and R v Harrison.

  • In Brief: Section 8 of the Charter - The Right to be Secure Against Unreasonable Search or Seizure - This handout provides students with an overview of s. 8 of the Charter, including what privacy interests it protects and what constitutes a violation of s. 8. Students are introduced to the concept of ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’ and how it relates to our protection under s. 8 of the Charter. They will enhance their understanding of different types of searches, including consent searches, searches with a warrant, ‘hot pursuit’ searches and those that are unconstitutional. Classroom activities encourage students to apply their knowledge to case studies and through role play.

  • In Focus: Sanctuary and the "Free Lulu" Campaign - This resource focuses on the legal struggles of Jozsef Pusuma, Timea Daroczi and their young daughter, Viktoria. A Roma family from Hungary who sought refugee status in Canada after being attacked in their home by neo-nazis, their claim failed after their lawyer neglected to include critical evidence at their hearing. As a result, the family took sanctuary in a Toronto church, and have remained there for more than two years. Using this as a starting point, students will also be introduced to key elements of Canadian refugee law and the practice of sanctuary while developing analytical and advocacy skills. 

  • Legal Reasoning Tool: Guide to Canadian Legal Citation - Legal matters are one way in which society makes difficult decisions and these decisions can have important consequences for individuals and communities. Legal writing is a way of recording how these decisions were made, so that other people can understand them and even revisit and change them in the future. Citations allow others to find the sources that were used so they can consider them on their own and help to clarify which authors are putting forth which ideas or arguments. The information in this resource is based entirely on the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 7th ed (Toronto: Carswell, 2010). It addresses some of the most commonly-used rules in language that is accessible to secondary students.

  • Legal Reasoning Tool: How to Write a Case Brief - The ability to clearly, accurately and concisely describe a chain of events and show how arguments and ideas logically build upon one another is a skill that can help students in their studies, their future work and in everyday life. How to Write a Case Brief will support students’ development of this skill by providing a reference framework as they distill complex legal matters into a clear legal narrative. This tool comprises a professional template, accessible explanation and clear exemplars for producing sound legal writing.

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