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Top Five Cases of 2018 now Available Online

One of the highlights of the Toronto Summer Law Institute each year, is a presentation by a judge about five significant cases that have recently appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  The judge explains what makes the cases interesting from an educational perspective, offering his insight and observations. Each year OJEN produces a […]

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Charter Challenge: A message to all grade 11 &12 Law teachers!

Did you like our mock trials? If so, you will love the Charter Challenge.The Charter Challenge is Ontario’s only mock appeal competition for secondary schools. Each semester, OJEN releases a mock judicial decision in which complex Charter issues are raised on appeal. Students all over Ontario form teams and choose one side of the appeal […]

New OJEN Resource: Jury Duty in Ontario and Mock Jury Selection

Over the summer, OJEN’s Educator Support Department has been hard at work creating new teaching materials for law teachers.  We are pleased to begin sharing them with you over the next few months. One of the most exciting new resources now available on our website is Jury Duty in Ontario and Mock Jury Selection.  The […]

Laura Kirby-McIntosh Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Laura Kirby-McIntosh from Cawthra Park Secondary School in the Peel District School Board, became the 9th recipient of OJEN’s annual Hux-Kiteley Exemplary Justice Educator Award.  The Hux-Kiteley Exemplary Justice Educator Award recognizes an educator in the province of Ontario who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the area of justice education. It is named after two […]

Checks and Balances Promotes Positive Youth-Police Interactions

What are citizens’ rights and obligations when they are stopped by the police? What are the parameters police operate within when they engage with the public?  What can citizens do when they think their rights have been violated during an interaction with police? These are some of the questions answered in OJEN’s project, Checks and […]

OJEN Welcomes New Director of Outreach Programs

OJEN’s Department of Outreach Programs is a busy place.  At any given time staff may be developing, delivering, evaluating or adapting several different justice education programs.  Outreach Programs staff respond to the needs of a variety of vulnerable youth populations, providing content on different areas of law that is not only relevant and substantive, but […]

Rebecca Strain Receives 2019 Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award

The Tate Herbert Memorial Post-Secondary Award recognizes a post-secondary student who has exceeded expectations as a volunteer and made a significant contribution to OJEN’s justice education initiatives. This annual award is named after Logan Tate Herbert, a student in the Law and Society program at Wilfred Laurier University when he lost his life to cancer […]

Indigenous Youth Leaders Meet in Toronto for Shield Your Rights Orientation

Six Indigenous youth, recruited to help develop a game-based educational tool to improve youth access to justice, met in Toronto last month for a two day orientation session.   Shield Your Rights is the technology-based project that emerged from last year’s design-thinking workshop, “Aboriginal Youth Designing a Better Justice System.”  The Law Foundation of Ontario […]

Hamilton Twitter Moot Winners Treated to Lunch with a Judge

Sometimes it pays to tweet!! On Thursday, June 6, 2019 Justice Jane Milanetti of the Ontario Superior Court treated Twitter Moot “Best Tweeter” Ebun Soneye from Cathedral High School along with other students from Glendale Secondary to lunch at the John Sopinka Courthouse. Ebun is a Grade 11 law student who participated in this year’s Twitter […]

Charter Challenge Finalists Make Their Case

The Spring 2019 Charter Challenge concluded this week with the two finalist teams making their oral arguments at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  Approximately 350 students from 21 schools throughout Ontario took part in the program. The case explored trial fairness in the context of representative juries for accused Indigenous persons living on reserves […]

OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trials Wrap-Up

The 2019 OBA-OJEN Competitive Mock Trials wrapped up this month after a busy and successful season. 169 schools from every region in Ontario competed in local tournaments.   Approximately 1600 students had the opportunity to step into the roles of lawyers, witnesses or court clerks, and get a taste of what courtroom procedure is really like.  Each […]

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