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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A Brief History of the Justice of the Peace Bench

The office of Justice of the Peace was transplanted from England to Canada in 1763 as a result of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which decreed that the law of England, both civil and criminal, was to be imposed upon all the territory of what subsequently became Canada.

Aboriginal Criminal Law Mock Sentencing Scenario: R. v. Brown

This Aboriginal sentencing scenario focuses on an Aboriginal youth who has already spent time in a youth detention centre for previous crimes. He has now been convicted of assault. A sentencing hearing ensues during which a victim impact statement is read. The scenario is followed by 8 discussion questions which can easily be used for class discussion or assigned as homework to an academically focused group. The scenario can be used in a mock sentencing hearing or mock sentencing conference/circle or both. 

Aboriginal Criminal Law Mock Sentencing Scenario: R. v. James

In this aboriginal sentencing scenario, James, an aboriginal youth, pleads guilty to the charge of carrying a concealed weapon. The scenario can be used in a mock sentencing hearing or mock sentencing conference/circle or both. The scenario includes several questions dealing with the factors to be taken into consideration during sentencing. These questions may be more appropriate for an academic focused class and could be assigned as homework.
 

About the Justice System

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 a variety of pamphlets and books on the conduct, role, ethics and independence of judges.

Access to Justice Game

In any given 3 year period, nearly 12 million Canadians 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 tenant disputes to family law issues.  OJEN/ROEJ offers the A2J game as part of Flip Your Wig For Justice campaign. Have fun! 

An American Visitor to A Canadian Court

Despite this common history and despite the superficial similarity, there are differences between the judicial systems of the two nations. These differences may be reflected in the symbols displayed within the courtroom, the organization of the courts and the legal professions, the procedure of the court and the origin and nature of the laws being enforced.
 

An Introduction to Securities and the Capital Markets – Geoff Clarke & Anne Sonnen (SLI 2009)

This resource includes PowerPoint presentations on securities law and capital markets delivered by Geoff Clarke, Partner at Fasken Martineau, and Anne Sonnen, Senior Litigation Counsel with the Ontario Securities Commission, at the 2009 OJEN Summer Law Institute. Topics include the purpose of capital markets; securities regulation; the fundamentals of securities law; and financial literacy. 

Canada and the World Trading System - Milos Barutciski (SLI 2003)

An overview of Canada and the world trading system presented to the 2003 Summer Law Institute by Milos Barutciski. This presentation includes multilateral and bilateral trade agreements and the domestic trade rules of Canada.

Canadian Challenges in International Trade - Larry Herman (SLI 2005)

A powerpoint presentation of the Canadian Challenges in International Trade presented to the Summer Law Institute 2005 by Larry Herman. The presentation covers the concepts of international trade and the international legal system.
 

Cases That Have Changed Society

Many cases are started by individuals or groups to respond to a particular event or to change a situation. The outcomes of these cases will often lead to changes in areas of the law which impact all Canadians. These short summaries are some of the decisions that have changed Canadian society in the last 25 years. 

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