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FROM THE OJEN BLOG

Twenty Bursaries Given to Ontario High School Graduates

Twenty high school graduates started their post-secondary studies this fall with bursaries provided by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA).

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Aboriginal Youth Designing a Better Justice System

Aboriginal youth are charting a new course in relations between the justice system and the communities in which they live.  In 2016, the Feathers of Hope First Nations youth forum released their report, Justice and Juries—A First Nations Youth Action Plan for Justice.  In it they shared a vision of justice that was respectful of […]

Building Positive Youth-Police Relations in Ottawa

Last summer, approximately 70 youth from four Ottawa neighbourhoods met with local police officers for an OJEN justice education program.  The purpose of the program was to open communication between police and youth in communities where tension or conflict exists. Funded by Crime Prevention Ottawa and the Law Foundation of Ontario, this year’s Changing Course: […]

Tate’s Tableaux / Tate Herbert Memorial Fund

Your donation to the Tate Herbert Memorial Fund supports OJEN’s training and work opportunities for students.  In addition, it supports the programs that inform thousands of youth about the justice system.

Profiling the New Waterloo Region Committee

The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trial Tournament (OOCMT) completed its fourth season last month, with record numbers of schools participating.  Since it was launched in 2014-2015 school year, the number of schools enrolling in the program has grown from 87 to 175.  Along with its popularity, the need for additional support at the local level, has […]

Mock Trials – Making High School Memories

Over the months of April and May, hundreds of high school students throughout the province gained a new understanding of the legal profession as they tried their hand at arguing a mock trial in courtrooms throughout Ontario.  After weeks of coaching sessions with lawyer volunteers, hours of legal research and after-school huddles with their team […]

Youth-Police Dialogues, public legal education, and social change: An interview with Mara Clarke and Jessica Reekie

This interview has been cross-posted at the PLE Learning Exchange. It has been edited for flow. As sole-purpose PLEI (public legal education and information) organizations, we are constantly wrestling with the question of what PLEI can and can’t do. We hear a lot of questions from community workers about how we can use PLEI to […]

The Killing of Colten Boushie and the Gerald Stanley Verdict

On February 9th 2018, Gerald Stanley was found not guilty by a jury in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man, on Stanley’s farm in rural Saskatchewan. Since the verdict was announced, it has been big in the news and people have questions. Here are some resources we found to help you […]

Justice Education in the Courtroom

Each year thousands of students pass through the doors of Ontario courthouses to observe the justice system in action. Enhancing courthouse visits, making the experience a positive and enriching one for high school students, was the initial concept that sparked the creation of the Ontario Justice Education Network. Courtrooms & Classrooms, OJEN’s flagship program, has grown to involve more than 70 courthouses province-wide. Thanks to the Courtrooms & Classrooms coordinators at these courthouses and the judiciary who volunteer their time, approximately 20,000 students enjoyed OJEN’s court visit program last year alone.

London OJEN Committee Organizes Law Institute for Teachers

On Friday, February 23, the London OJEN Committee is offering a full day Law Institute, the first in that city since 2005. It will be hosted by the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law. The committee put together a day of sessions led by an incredible lineup of speakers from the local legal community.

Justice Education Fellowships Expand OJEN Programming

Justice Education Fellows meet for intensive skill development in facilitation and OJEN program models.  Students at post-secondary campuses throughout Ontario have often played an important role in delivering OJEN’s justice education programming to youth in their communities. In 2017 OJEN established Justice Education Fellowships to formalize the post-secondary outreach program in Ontario’s law schools.  Six […]

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