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OJEN Classroom Resources

OJEN has over 200 resources available for use in classrooms, community agencies and justice education programs. All OJEN resources are available for free in English or French. Resources are for general educational use and are not legal advice. Anyone dealing with legal issues should consult a lawyer for confidential, specific legal advice. OJEN retains the copyright over all OJEN resources and materials cannot be modified without prior written permission. There are four ways to search for a resource:

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Landmark Case: The Parental Rights Case – Trociuk v. British Columbia (Attorney General)

Each OJEN Landmark Case includes a case summary, classroom discussion questions and worksheets that encourage students to explore both the legal and societal importance of the case. Darrell Trociuk and Reni Ernst were an estranged couple who had triplets on January 29, 1996. Shortly after the triplets were born, Ms. Ernst filled out the birth […]

Landmark Case: The Same Sex Marriage Case – Halpern et al. v. Attorney General of Canada et al.

Each OJEN Landmark Case includes a case summary, classroom discussion questions and worksheets that encourage students to explore both the legal and societal importance of the case. The common law definition of marriage requires that marriage be between “one man and one woman.” This opposite-sex requirement was challenged by eight same-sex couples as offending their […]

Landmark Case: The Spanking Case – Testing the Validity of Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada – The Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law (CFCYL) v. Canada

Each OJEN Landmark Case includes a case summary, classroom discussion questions and worksheets that encourage students to explore both the legal and societal importance of the case. Known as the spanking case, this is a leading Supreme Court of Canada decision dealing with the constitutional validity of s. 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada […]

Family Law Mock Trial Scenario: Pilon v. Tremblay (Child Support)

Stella Tremblay has brought an application for child support against Alexandre Tremblay, father of their eighteen year old daughter, Amélie. Stella wants Alexandre to continue to pay child support while Amélie is in university. However, Alexandre thinks that now that Amélie is eighteen, he should not have to pay child support any longer. He also […]

Top Five 2002

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. Summaries of important legal cases from 2002, as identified […]

Top Five 2005

Each year Justice Stephen Goudge of the Ontario Court of Appeal identifies five cases that are of significance in the educational setting. This summary, based on his comments and observations, is appropriate for discussion and debate in the classroom setting. Summaries of important legal cases from 2005, as identified by the Honourable Mr. Justice Stephen […]

Top Five 2008

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. Summaries of important legal cases from 2008, as identified […]

Access to Justice Game

In any given 3 year period, nearly half of Canadian adults 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 […]

Youth Agency and the Culture of Law

This resource, produced in partnership with the University of Toronto Faculties of Law and Social Work, Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS), and the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO), allows students to explore ideas about youth and agency in Canada’s legal culture, and their implications for reflecting on decisions to marry and emancipation. […]

Family Law Mock Trial Role Preparation Package

This resource outlines the differences between civil, criminal and family trials and provides an overview of a family law case, including the family court system, the Family Law Rules, bringing an application, motions, pre-trial procedures and the trial. It includes a time chart, courtroom etiquette and preparation guidelines for students playing the roles of the […]

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