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OJEN INthe Durham Region

Durham Region Committee

OJEN’s Durham Region Committee includes volunteers from the justice and education sectors who work together to organize justice education programs for students and youth. It is co-chaired by Justice Karen Leef of the Superior Court of Justice and Justice Mary Teresa Devlin of the Ontario Court of Justice.

The Durham Region Committee delivers programs that are responsive to local needs by collaborating with teachers and community partners. The committee strives to facilitate connections between youth and the legal community that promote greater understanding of the justice sector and the community it serves.


Courtroom Visits

OJEN’s Courtroom Visit program provides students with unique opportunities to deepen their understanding of the justice system through experiential learning. Students get a chance to observe real court in session and to directly engage with justice sector representatives, like judges, Crown attorneys, defense lawyers, justices of the peace, and many other individuals with different roles … Learn More

Classroom Visits

OJEN’s Courtrooms & Classrooms activities enhance classroom learning by connecting students with the justice system and the professionals who work within it. Observing court in session, participating in mock trial tournaments, and connecting with justice sector professionals in the classroom – all help take law off the pages of the text book and into real … Learn More

OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials

The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials (OOCMT) is a partnership between the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN). A network of local mock trial tournaments use the OOCMT case and format for mock trials.

Braiding Diversity into Justice – Durham Region

For many marginalized and vulnerable young people, a career in law may feel out of their reach. Braiding Diversity into Justice and other OJEN career modeling programs help young people “see themselves in law” by introducing them to legal professionals with whom they share similar backgrounds or experiences. The goal of these programs is to … Learn More


2023 Durham Region Poster Challenge Winner

Every year, grade 5 students from around the province take part in OJEN’s Poster Challenge Program! Working with their teachers and with OJEN materials to learn about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the students choose the Charter right that means the most to them and design beautiful posters that represent why that right matters … Read More

Durham’s Virtual Law Day Program

The Durham Committee’s annual Law Day event has been a popular program for Grade 5 classes for many years.  When the Covid-19 pandemic made in-person activities at the Durham Region Courthouse impossible, the Durham committee successfully adapted the event to deliver it virtually. This year, they delivered the program twice on Wednesday, April 20th, including … Read More

Durham Law Day 2021

The Durham Public Legal Education Committee (PLEC) held its annual Law Day event for grade 5 students on Thursday May 6th by Zoom. Always a popular event with local schools, this year’s virtual program was no exception. In fact, this years’ event was such a success that the committee is planning to expand the program … Read More

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