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Why You Should Give OJEN’s Charter Challenge a Try

Registration for the Spring 2019 Charter Challenge is open. The  Charter Challenge is Ontario’s only mock appeal competition for secondary schools. Each semester, OJEN releases a mock judicial decision in which complex Charter issues are raised on appeal. Students all over Ontario form teams and choose one side of the appeal to ‘represent.’ They research […]

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Introducing the Kingston OJEN Committee

OJEN’s family of local committees is growing! In January, representatives from Kingston’s legal and education communities met to discuss ways they could provide enriched justice education experiences for local students and youth.  Home to Queen’s University Law School and an active legal community, Kingston is well situated to be an important support for OJEN’s justice […]

Indigenous Youth, Participate on Developing ‘Shield Your Rights’

We are looking for committed, capable and enthusiastic youth to help us direct and implement the next phase of the Indigenous Youth: Designing a Better Justice System project. (See our report on the first phase here.) How do I participate? We are excited to begin work to further design and test the mobile app and […]

Fun with Civil Law – Hansel & Gretel v. Wendy Witch

Civil Law can be a complex and important topic, and you might not expect it to be of great interest for 10 year old children.  Why then, are grade five students having so much fun learning about defamation law, civil trial procedure and roles in the justice system? The answer is OJEN’s Grade 5 Civil […]

Justice Education Fellowship Profile: Tawny Allison & ADR Workshops

In 2017, OJEN introduced the Justice Education Fellowship program, to formalize an existing post-secondary outreach program in Ontario’s law schools.  For students with an interest in delivering Public Legal Education (PLE) for youth audiences, Justice Education Fellowships provide training and support as they plan and deliver their first projects. Six law students from 5 law […]

London Courthouse Visits: Introducing Educational Scenarios for Students

Visiting a local courthouse with a high school law class is often the first contact students have with the court system.  With OJEN’s flagship Courtrooms & Classrooms program, visits to the courthouse also present opportunities for young people to connect with legal professionals such as judges, justices of the peace, lawyers and court staff.  Each […]

February 2019 PD Opportunities

Is winter getting you down?  OJEN offers an antidote to the February blahs – PD sessions to inspire and refresh! On February 15th, OJEN offers workshops for teachers in 3 locations. PD Sessions The Windsor-Essex Law Institute is a half day conference hosted by the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.  The tentative program includes […]

Courtrooms & Classrooms: Introduction to OJEN’s School-Based Programs

Ontario’s teachers are a tremendous asset in our mission to develop the legal capability of young people. By working with teachers, OJEN benefits from their pedagogical expertise, relationships with their students, and commitment to community life. This ensures that we share information about the law and the justice system in a way that prepares young […]

Register Now for the Windsor-Essex Law Institute!

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 Location: University of Windsor Faculty of Law The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) is hosting the 2019 Windsor-Essex Law Institute, a half-day professional development conference for law, civics, and social sciences secondary school teachers on Friday, February 15th at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. OJEN provides teachers with an […]

Full Day PD Day for London Area Law Teachers

About 20 law teachers from the London area participated in a full day of OJEN professional development earlier this month. Hosted by Western University Faculty of Law, the day included sessions on:   An introduction to CLEO’s new website, Steps to Justice; Current issues in International Law; How new Marijuana Laws impact youth. Teachers were […]

Fall 2018 Charter Challenge Results in Deadlock

If an aspiring shock-TV host seeks police advice on how to entrap and film an online predator leading to their arrest, is he acting as an agent of the police? If so, to what extent must he consider the Charter rights of the accused? What should be done with evidence gathered through infringing upon those rights? These […]

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