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OJEN Welcomes New Directors to its Board

OJEN welcomed 6 new directors at the first board of director’s meeting of 2021.  OJEN’s board consists of representatives from all three levels of court in Ontario, as well as leading justice and education sector institutions.  With an additional 5 at-large director positions, the OJEN board of directors brings a wide range of expertise to […]

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Two Formats for OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT)

The OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) program is one of our most popular annual activities. Each spring since 2014 until the arrival of Covid-19 last year, hundreds of students throughout the province compete in regional tournaments held at local courthouses. The experiential nature of the mock trial and the exposure to justice sector professionals make […]

2021 Poster Challenge is Now Open!

The Poster Challenge invites grade 5 students to create posters that express what they value about Canadian democracy and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It meets Grade 5 Ontario curriculum expectations in Social Studies in a fun and effective way. A selection of posters will be included in OJEN’s Art in the Courts […]

Webinar – Not a Puppet on a String: Prosecuting a Former Child Soldier for War Crimes

Webinar Date: March 17, 2021 Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. As a young child, Dominic Ongwen was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel militia operating in Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His parents were killed and he was forced to serve as […]

Call for applications: OJEN Justice Education Fellowships 2021-2022

OJEN is now accepting applications from Ontario law students for seven (7) Justice Education Fellowship positions in 2021-2022. If you are a student at an eligible law school and you have a passion for public legal education and community outreach, we encourage you to apply. The eligible law schools are: Queen’s University, Faculty of Law […]

Webinar – Ideology and Violence: Why Charging Incels with Terrorism May Make Matters Worse

Webinar date: February 17, 2021 Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM In late February 2020, a 17-year-old was arrested after allegedly stabbing two women at a massage parlour in Toronto’s north end. One woman died and the other was seriously wounded in the attack. The accused was initially charged with first degree murder and attempted […]

Charter Challenge – What will French language students gain by participating in this program?

By Kevine Ishimwe M and John Abdelsayed Kevine and John are members of OJEN’s Francophone Youth Leadership Team The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) is a charitable, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with a province-wide mandate. OJEN is developing a Francophone mock appeal program. This program will give French-speaking students in Ontario an opportunity to gain a […]

Understanding the Legal Aid System in Ontario – February 2021

Where do low-income Ontarians get free or affordable legal help? Most people know that legal aid exists, but do you know how it actually works? Teachers, join us on Thursday, February 11, 3:30 – 4:30 pm to dive into how Legal Aid operates, from a panel of lawyers who have been working in the system […]

Steps to Justice – Housing Law Workshop

Teachers, join us on Thursday, January 21 at 3:30 – 4:30 pm for a demonstration by Nat Paul, Director of Educator Support. Nat will walk us through running a Steps to Justice online housing workshop. OJEN’s Steps to Justice workshops introduce audiences to common legal problems and familiarize them with a specific area of law. Using […]

Announcing 2020 Fall Charter Challenge Semi-Finalists

OJEN is happy to announce the finalists for the Fall 2020 Charter Challenge! Please join us in congratulating: The Appellant: Feldman and Gan Legal Counsel from Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto. and The Respondent: Law Society of Dufferin Grove, also from Bloor Collegiate Institute! OJEN and our reviewers from Osgoode Hall Law School and the […]

OOCMT January Update!

This year, the OBA – OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) tournament will take place online, with two separate paths for participation. While the traditional, Competitive format will offer participants the same opportunity to engage in a full online mock trial, the Alternative format offers a resource for teachers and students who may not be able […]

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