Links

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OJEN Network Partners

The Ontario Court of Appeal

The Ontario Court of Justice

The Superior Court of Justice

The Ministry of the Attorney General

The Ontario Ministry of Education

The Law Foundation of Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario

County & District Law Presidents’ Association

The Law Society of Upper Canada

The Ombudsman of Ontario

Community Legal Education Ontario

The Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario

Department of Justice Canada

The Institute for Catholic Education

The Advocates’ Society

The Ontario Principals’ Council

Ontario Bar Association

The Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres

The Ontario History & Social Science Teachers’ Association

The ESL/ELD Resource Group of Ontario

Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

The Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario

General

Ipperwash Inquiry: The Ontario government established the Ipperwash Inquiry in November 2003 and appointed Mr. Justice Sidney Linden as the Inquiry Commissioner. The mandate of the Inquiry is to examine the events surrounding the death of Dudley George, report on the findings and make recommendations aimed at avoiding violence in similar circumstances in the future. The Inquiry process is divided into two parts: the formal hearings part and the policy and research part. There is a live web cast of the hearings on the Inquiry web site and the transcripts of the proceedings are posted each day of hearings. The research papers and summaries of the Inquiry's consultations are posted on the web site as well.

This is Wonderland: This is Wonderland is a Gemini award-winning television drama that follows the lives of lawyers, judges, court workers, and the members of the public that are judged and represented by them. The show follows the interaction of these people in Toronto’s lower criminal courts, housed within the walls of Toronto’s Old City Hall.

The Access to Justice Network: An electronic community that brings together people, information, and educational resources on justice and legal issues of interest to Canadians. ACJNet is a nationwide service dedicated to making law and justice resources available to all Canadians in either official language. Includes a Resource Centre with Lesson Plans and Mock Trials.

The Law FAQs site is maintained by ACJNet and provides a list of "frequently asked questions" - FAQs - and their answers for students. The FAQs include topic areas Criminal Code, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Divorce, Hate Crime, Joyriding, Jury, Labour, Prison, Privacy, Shoplifting, Stalking, Travel, Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Canadian Judicial Council: Provides information about the Canadian Judicial Council, the Judges' Act, and complaints, process of judicial appointment, salaries, ethics and the differences between federally appointed and provincially appointed judges. Includes a list of Council publications, with its variety of pamphlets and books on the conduct, role, ethics and independence of judges.

Canadian Superior Court Judges' Association: The Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association was founded in 1979 to represent judges at all levels of the federally-appointed judiciary in Canada. It is a non-profit voluntary association dedicated to the maintenance and enhancement of an independent judiciary and to provide a collegial forum for judges to discuss matters of common interest for the purpose of improving the administration of justice for all Canadians.

Try Judging is an interactive multimedia educational program for high school social studies, civics and law courses, and designed for integration into Canadian school curricula. Developed by the Canadian Superior Court Judges' Association, Try Judging introduces students to the role of judges within our judicial system, and encourages exploration of important concepts such as the rule of law, judicial independence and judicial impartiality. Try Judging has three components – a teachers’ guide, a resource website for teachers and an online interactive program for students. The program is built around five guiding questions that lead students through case scenarios and issues associated with the role of judges in Canada’s judicial system.

Department of Justice Canada: Official site of the Department of Justice Canada. Its index includes "Canada's System of Justice" and "Canada's Court System". Site also explains how legislation is developed and passed by Parliament and the role of citizens in developing, amending and modifying laws and regulations. Outlines the responsibilities of federal versus provincial governments and courts, and provides information on all Department of Justice initiatives. Includes links to the court system, the laws of Canada, and many relevant reports and statistics (see "Pursuit of Justice" Quiz).

Criminal Code in English and French: Title page of the Criminal Code. From this location, visitors can link to the full text of the entire Code. The page also provides links to the text of other laws.

Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario: The site of Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General. Outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Attorney General and provides a number of resources such as "The Parental Responsibility Act - Recovering Losses in Small Claims Court" - a brochure outlining parents' obligations for damages caused by their children, and guides to the procedure of small claims and family courts, being a witness in a criminal trial, and other topics.

The Crown Policy Manual facilitates and enhances the performance of that role by communicating the Attorney General's guidance, in important areas of Crown practice and discretion, to Crown counsel.

Guide to the Ontario Courts. Includes information on the three courts of Ontario - Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. Also includes information about the Ontario Judicial Council, the process of appointment of judges, and links to other relevant sites.

Supreme Court of Canada: The website of Canada's highest court. Links to Supreme Court of Canada judgments.

Consolidated Statutes and Regulations (Federal and Provincial): A database of Canadian laws from the federal Department of Justice. Allows users to access federal statutes, including a list of the most frequently accessed statutes. The e-laws site provides access to the consolidated laws of Ontario. Information concerning specific statutes and regulations as well as reference tables containing recent changes in the law. Canadian Legal Information Institute: this site provides access to statutes and regulations from each of Canada's provincial, territorial and federal jurisdictions as well as decisions from various levels of courts and some tribunals.

www.accesjustice.ca: site developed to promote equal access to justice in both our official languages. In Canadian provinces and territories, with their differing laws, access to the judicial system in the minority language varies greatly. Provides information and links to case law on language rights.

Association In Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC): AIDWYC is a public interest organization dedicated to preventing and rectifying wrongful convictions. Founded in response to the wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin, the association has two broad objectives: to reduce the likelihood of future miscarriages of justice and, to review and where warranted attempt to overturn wrongful convictions.

Canadian Bar Association: The CBA site includes a useful public legal education section with an extensive list of law-related links.

Ontario Bar Association: Includes information on the OBA and its Law Day activities including poster, photo, and website competitions, and mock trial tournaments. The Mock Trial Cases page features copies of cases used in previous Ontario Bar Association's mock trial tournaments.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA): Site contains the electronic copy of the booklet, "The Fundamentals Of Our Fundamental Freedoms" as well as information about the CCLA’s schools program.

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO): CLEO is a community legal clinic that produces clear language material for people with low incomes. A list and order form for all of CLEO's materials are provided on-line (publications are free of charge). They also maintain a resource library of materials produced by others. Main topics include social assistance, landlord and tenant law, refugee and immigration law, worker's compensation, women's issues, family law, employment, insurance and human rights.

Ontario History & Social Science Teachers' Association: A voluntary organization which promotes the teaching of History in elementary schools and History and Social Sciences in secondary schools.

Roots of Empathy is an innovative classroom-based parenting program that aims to reduce aggression through the fostering of empathy and emotional literacy. The program reaches children aged 3 to 14 years. The heart of the program is a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom once a month for the full school year.

Classroom Connections is a non-profit organization dedicated to initiating positive societal change by producing progressive educational resources for Canada’s youth. Its award-winning resources are ready-to-use, curriculum-aligned and innovative in content and pedagogy. Since 1997, Classroom Connections has provided more than 15 free support resources to 80% of Canadian schools.

Statistics Canada: Presents statistics that help us better understand our country – in terms of population, resources, economy, society and culture. Gives access to many relevant statistics for law classes including crimes, victims and suspects, and the police.

Law Now: Featured articles provide commentary and news coverage of various aspects of legal history, jurisprudence and current case law. Sample articles and ordering information are available on line.

Extra-Provincial and International Jurisdictions

Canadian Legal FAQs: Questions and answers developed by the Legal Studies Program at the University of Alberta. The Frequently Asked Questions are comprehensive, covering many areas of law and legal issues. Both federal laws and Alberta provincial laws are included. The questions were answered according to the law at the time the questions were prepared - the site does not claim to be current.

The Law Connection: A site where teachers can learn to incorporate legal concepts and principles into their classroom teaching, and students can access information about the law. Includes lesson plans, legal updates, and a list of supplemental resources. Based in British Columbia, the site includes federal laws and Supreme Court of Canada decisions as well as materials relating to British Columbia laws. Resources include the ‘Legal Beagle', who answers your legal questions by email.

Law Courts Education Society of BC: Helpful books, pamphlets, videos, charts, and curriculum can be ordered from this site.

The Courts of Nova Scotia: Good resource source for teachers and students. Includes Justice Wise's virtual court tour, and information on the Nova Scotia Courts Courtrooms & Classrooms program.

Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan: Free brochures on a variety of legal issues and topics that includes federal law as well as Saskatchewan provincial law.

Jurist/Canada - A Legal Education Network: Jurist is directed by Professor Bernard Hibbets (a Canadian trained lawyer who is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law). The site contains useful information on Canadian legal news, research, and teaching of law as well as information about court systems and laws worldwide.

US Supreme Court Decisions: Provides information on the US Supreme Court and its recent decisions. Links to other US jurisdictions.

American Bar Association Public Education: The American Bar Association's (ABA) public legal education division website that includes information on the US Supreme Court, lawyers and judges and how the American court system works.

Aboriginal Law

Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services: Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation delivers and coordinates a range of legal services and alternative processes within northwestern Ontario that are culturally sensitive to, and enhance unique values, customs and traditions, to promote healing and reintegration with First Nation communities. Current legal services include: summary advice and short legal services; quasi-paralegal services; victim/witness services; law reform; public legal education; alternative justice processes under criminal and family matters (Talking Together, Child Welfare and Restorative Justice); administrative assistance; video jail applications.

Métis Law Summary: A comprehensive introduction to Métis law issues written and updated annually by Jean Teillet, counsel for the Powely family in R v. Powley (Métis hunting rights case).

Aboriginal Legal Services – Gladue Court: Gladue Court derives its name from a 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision – R v. Gladue – that laid out the parameters of section 718.2(e) in the Criminal Code regarding the sentencing of Aboriginal offenders. This link on the Aboriginal Legal Services website provides a clear description of Gladue Court as well as background information on the Supreme Court Decision.

The Kawaskimhon Moot is an annual mooting event for university law students across the country. The aim of the moot is to create a forum where Aboriginal law students from across Canada can debate Aboriginal rights in a culturally appropriate learning environment. The National Aboriginal Rights Moot is hosted by a different law school each year. This link is to the 2006 Kawaskimhon Moot, held at Osgoode Hall Law School. At this site you will find the 2006 fact pattern as well as frequently asked questions related to the scenario.

Ipperwash Inquiry: The Ontario government established the Ipperwash Inquiry in November 2003 and appointed Mr. Justice Sidney Linden as the Inquiry Commissioner. The mandate of the Inquiry is to examine the events surrounding the death of Dudley George, report on the findings and make recommendations aimed at avoiding violence in similar circumstances in the future. The Inquiry process is divided into two parts: the formal hearings part and the policy and research part. There is a live web cast of the hearings on the Inquiry web site and the transcripts of the proceedings are posted each day of hearings. The research papers and summaries of the Inquiry's consultations are posted on the web site as well.

Juristat is an online publication of Statistics Canada that reports on StatCan material from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. This link to Volume 26, no. 3 of Juristat includes a report titled "Victimization and Offending Among the Aboriginal Population in Canada". Using data from victimization, police and corrections surveys, the report provides a statistical portrait of the extent and nature of victimization and offending among Aboriginal people in Canada during the past few years.

The Cradleboard Teaching Project was developed by Buffy St. Marie and provides public education and resources, including curriculum based lesson plans, about Native American culture. Material is tied in with geography, science, social science and history for students in elementary, middle and secondary school grades. Access to many Cradleboard programs and resources is free, but some involvement is for-profit.

Youth and the Law

Justice for Children and Youth (Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law): The organization provides legal representation to low-income children and youth in Toronto and vicinity. It is a community legal clinic specializing in protecting the rights of those facing conflicts with the legal system, education, social service or mental health systems. The site has numerous publications and briefs on legal issues concerning children and includes an "ask the lawyer" service. Site provides information on issues such as Leaving Home, School, The Young Offender's Act, Police, Age Based Rights, Peer Mediation as well as an "ask a lawyer a question" section.

Youth Justice Renewal Initiative: Site gives information about the Government of Canada's Youth Justice Renewal Initiative, aimed at establishing a fair and effective youth justice system in Canada.

Youth Criminal Justice Act: Provides background to the change from the Young Offenders Act to the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The full-text of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Youth Criminal Law: Is a website produced by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/ Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)  It gives general information about Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act and has resources for people in Ontario.

Toronto Child Abuse Centre: Provides information directed at children who are testifying in abuse cases. Includes information on the roles of persons in the courtroom (basic level) including judges.

CourtPrep: An interactive, educational resource about the justice process in Canada, this site is designed and developed by youth for youth who are preparing to testify in court. Features information on the Courtroom, Witness Tips and the Justice Process, and includes definitions and games.

Cory's Courthouse: An interactive site designed to help prepare young children who are testifying in criminal court proceedings.

Charter of Rights & Human Rights Legislation

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: The text of the Charter

Decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada relative to the Charter of Rights : A useful source for research.

Ontario Human Rights Commission: General information website with a link to an educational package called "Teaching Human Rights in Ontario." The package was specifically designed for use in the Grade 11 Law course. (Also available: Racial Profiling Inquiry Report - 'Paying the Price: The Human Cost of Racial Profiling').

Equality: The Heart of a Just Society: Proceedings from a conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Cases that Have Changed Society

Expanding Equality Protections: Andrews v. Law Society of British Columbia [1989] 1 S.C.R. 143 web

Right to a Fair Trial: R. v. Stinchcombe [1991] 3 S.C.R. 326 web

Abortion Rights: R. v. Morgentaler [1988] 1 S.C.R. 30 web

No Death Penalty: United States v. Burns [2001] S.C.R. 287 web

No Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation: Vriend v. Alberta [1998] 1 S.C.R. 493 web

Substantive Equality: Eldridge v. British Columbia (Attorney General) [1997] 3 S.C.R. 624 web

A Duty to Act to Protect Rights: Dunmore v. Ontario (Attorney General) [2001] 3 S.C.R. 1016 web

No Means No: R. v. Ewanchuk [1999] 1 S.C.R. 330 web

Aboriginal Title: Delgamuukw v. British Columbia [1997] 3 S.C.R. 1010 web

Accommodating Religious Beliefs: Multani v Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys [2006] 1 S.C.R. 256 web

Aboriginal Treaty Rights: R. v. Marshall [1999] 3 S.C.R. 456 web

Same Sex Marriage: Reference re: Same Sex Marriage [2004] 3 S.C.R. 689 web

Private vs. Public Health Care: Chaoulli v. Quebec (Attorney General) [2005] 1 S.C.R. 791 web

Security Certificates: Charkaoui v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2007 SCC 9 web

Community Standards of Obscenity: Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Canada [2000] 2 S.C.R. 1120 web

Criminal Law

John Howard Society of Canada: The Society is an organization governed by people whose goal is to understand and respond to problems of crime and the criminal justice system. The mission is "effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime." Lesson plans, publications, and position papers are available on the site.

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies: Elizabeth Fry Societies work with, and on behalf of, women involved with the justice system, particularly women in conflict with the law. The website offers numerous issue papers and reports.

Canadian Criminal Justice Resource Page: This page compiles links to sites dealing with criminal justice, corrections and life inside a prison, restorative justice, crime prevention, victims of crime, juvenile delinquency, and law enforcement.

Correctional Service Canada: Governmental agency website that has a Public Education section that includes a Speakers' Kit, statistics, myths and realities, and a teacher's guide with a lesson plan.

Duhaime's Canadian Criminal Law Centre: Plain language articles on Canadian criminal law with an expansive list of topics.

National Crime Prevention Centre: The organization that is responsible for implementing the National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention. Links to on-line publications and public education team members.

Ontario Parole and Earned Release Board: Includes an organizational chart and a variety of facts, figures and statistics.

Family Law

Canadian Journal of Family Law: A meeting place for academics and professionals from a variety of disciplines to discuss and debate family law issues. Past issues of the journal can be accessed on-line.

Online Chat Rooms

ePALS: Classroom Exchange: An on-line classroom community for teachers and students. Issues and ideas can be debated and discussed.

The Great Young Offenders Act Debate: Discussion board where people, primarily high school students, can debate various issues about the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the Young Offenders Act.

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