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Celebrating OJEN volunteers

During National Volunteer Week, April 24 – 30, we salute the thousands of volunteers who have contributed so much to OJEN’s success since our launch 20 years ago. We began in 2002 with a mission to promote understanding, education, and dialogue to support a responsive and inclusive justice system. With minimal staff and a shoestring […]

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2022 Summer Law Institute Webinar & Workshop Series

OJEN’s Summer Law Institute (SLI) is our flagship professional development event for high school law and civics teachers. In place of our annual gathering at Osgoode Hall, we are offering a summer webinar and workshops series that runs from: Monday, August 29 – Friday, September 2  Our webinars and workshops cover emerging areas of law and […]

Court Visits Update

Date updated: April 2022 Virtual and In-person Court Visits All courts in Ontario have been profoundly impacted by the need to continue the administration of justice while managing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. While technically still open to the public, many Ontario courthouses could only admit persons with matters before the courts in […]

What areas of law most interest your students?

OJEN responds to the needs and interests of youth by creating programs and resources based on their feedback. Teachers: please share this “Have Your Say” youth survey with your students. It is available in both English and French. Students can complete the short 3 question survey on their own device, on their own time: Have […]

OJEN court visits update

Many of you have asked about the status of our Courthouse Visit program. We have compiled a list of some of the Ontario courthouses that are currently offering virtual or in-person visits. We will be hearing from more of our courthouse partners in the weeks to come, but at this time, please note the availability […]

Classroom workshops from Justice for Children & Youth

We’re excited to share new opportunities for your classroom’s learning and inclusivity efforts: Our friends from the Childhood Arrivals Support and Advocacy (CASA) program at Justice for Children and Youth legal clinic (JFCY) are providing services for students who arrived in Canada as children but are living here without immigration status (often known by the […]

Law Day activity: judges available for virtual classroom visits

Would you like help educating your students and the public about Canada’s judicial system from a provincial or superior court judge in April? As a joint outreach activity, the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association and the Canadian Bar Association are offering high schools across the country the opportunity to have a judge give a virtual […]

20th Anniversary Profile – Amanda Cutinha, former Justice Education Fellow

I learned the value of justice education, specifically, the ways in which it can empower young people. Amanda Cutinha was a student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law when she was accepted into OJEN’s Justice Education Fellowship program in 2019. OJEN’s Fellowships are year-long placements in which students receive in-depth training in public […]

OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) tournaments underway

Students throughout the province are hard at work preparing to compete in the 2022 OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trial (OOCMT) tournaments. Now in its eighth year, the program underwent modifications last year so it would remain accessible to students during the Covid-19 pandemic. Student teams prepare for the competition in online sessions with their lawyer coaches. […]

Family Law for Young Parents pilot wraps up in Hamilton

By Zoë Paddock In December 2021, OJEN wrapped up the pilot for the new iteration of the Family Law for Young Parents (FLYP) program, funded through a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. It was delivered to 2 community partners in Hamilton. One program with St. Martin’s Manor ran as a hybrid model, both virtually […]

OJEN report part of a study on the impact of serious legal problems in Canada

The Department of Justice Canada has released a series of fourteen reports of qualitative studies focusing on the experiences of specific populations in different parts of Canada who have experienced a serious legal problem.  These reports, carried out by community-based researchers across Canada, complement the Canadian Legal Problems Survey (CLPS), conducted by Statistics Canada in […]

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