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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Constitutional Law Mock Appeal Scenario: Rainfoot and Morrison v Thunder Bay

This resource, originally from the OJEN Spring 2013 Charter Challenge, deals with an injunction sought by Idle No More demonstrators Michelle Rainfoot and David Morrison to prevent the eviction of their protest encampment from a public park in the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. When the City issues Notices of Eviction under theTrespass to Property Act, Rainfoot and Morrison argue that the City's action violates their rights under sections 2(b) and (c) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and seeking injunctive relief against the City under section 24.

Copyright Matters, Some Key Questions & Answers for Teachers - Wanda Noel and Gerald Breau (SLI 2004)

An overview of copyright laws for teachers presented to the 2004 Summer Law Institute by Wanda Noel and Gerald Breau. This resource includes explanations of various copyright law issues, and provides practical information for teachers on their rights and responsibilities with regard to the use of copyright-protected materials in educational institutions. 

Court Cases Illustrating Some Key Values of the Justice System

Some of the core values of the justice system have been identified as the rule of law, impartiality, fairness and equality. Individual rights are protected by the Constitution, particularly the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The following cases highlight the reasoning of Canadian courts concerning individual rights within the context of the public interest.

Courtroom & Classroom Visits Lesson Plans

These lesson plans can be used prior to a courthouse visit or a classroom visit from a justice sector professional. Strategies are provided for introducing students to the structure of the justice system in Ontario, as well as tips on courtroom etiquette and interacting with justice sector professionals.

Courtrooms & Classrooms Manual

Courtrooms & Classrooms is OJEN's signature program. It is also the umbrella under which related justice education activities take place. The 2006 edition of the Courtrooms & Classrooms manual provides an overview of OJEN and Courtrooms & Classrooms activities, ideas for speaking with students, organizing justice education activities and resources.

Criminal Law

Criminal Code of Canada
The Criminal Code is a law that codifies most criminal offences and procedures in Canada.

Youth Criminal Justice Act
These laws cover the prosection of youth for criminal offences.

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
Canada's federal drug control statute.

Criminal Law Mock Appeal Scenario: R. v. Jobidon

Based on a real case, this scenario is an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada concerning a manslaughter conviction. Students will have the opportunity to focus on the issue of consent in physical fighting, and explore arguments regarding the intent of the accused. The scenario package includes a case history, fact scenario and questions regarding issues to be addressed on appeal. Electronic versions of the judgments of the three levels of court and the facta submitted to the Supreme Court are also available for students to use in this mock appeal.
 

Criminal Law Mock Sentencing Scenario: On the Basketball Court

A 14 year-old has pled guilty to possession of a firearm, after a local pick-up basketball game. This sentencing scenario provides students the opportunity to explore sentencing options, such as minimum and maximum sentences, as this case deals with gun possession. The scenario should be a useful springboard for discussions about the current political climate around handguns, gun laws and related sentencing. This scenario package includes discussion questions, and is appropriate for either a non-academic or academically focused event.

Criminal Law Mock Sentencing Scenario: R. v. Cain

A 16-year old has plead guilty to assault causing bodily harm and robbery, charges stemming from an attack on a 15 year-old student and the theft of the younger student's basketball shoes. The scenario can be used in a mock sentencing hearing or a mock sentencing conference/circle, or both.

Criminal Law Mock Trial Role Preparation Package

This resource outlines the criminal law mock trial process, including a time chart, courtroom etiquette and preparation guidelines for students playing the roles of Crown and defence lawyers, judge, jury member, court clerk, court staff and members of the press. This resource can be used to prepare students for a criminal law mock trial or as a handout to provide an overview of the criminal law process.

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