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 […]Read more
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We’ve all had something thrown at us that we weren’t expecting and we’ve had to grow up fast. We’re doing our best to do everything. We’re strong and we’re smart. I have a very positive perception of myself.” – Parents Centre: Humewood House Resident Youth-Police Dialogues at Humewood House On the evening of December […]
The Herbert family established Tate’s Tableaux 5 years ago to commemorate the life of their son in a meaningful way. Their annual event in Barrie, brings together friends and family for an evening of music and good cheer. The proceeds are donated to OJEN’s justice education programs for youth, a cause they believe Tate would have appreciated. This year Ted and Ann Herbert attended our Annual General Meeting and presented OJEN with a cheque with proceeds from this year’s event. Combined with donations from their friends and from OJEN stakeholders, the total came to $9,750!
Approximately 125 newcomer youth in Toronto developed legal leadership skills in a new OJEN program piloted between August 2017 and July 2018. Many newcomer youth have stronger English language skills than their adult family members. This sometimes places them as trusted sources of information and interpreters for their families. When adult family members encounter […]
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).