Welcome to R v Smalls: The Alternative Format
We know many of you worked very hard this year to prepare for R v Smalls, this year’s OOCMT case. We also know that this year has been difficult, and not everybody has been able to compete in the Competitive Format. Don’t worry! We have some great experiences lined up for you with R v Smalls: The Alternative Format.
In this program, you can submit written or video Opening and Closing statements, which you will receive feedback on from a practising lawyer or a judge.
You have access to message boards dedicated to a number of different discussion topics, as well as a space for miscellaneous and technical questions. You will also find the dedicated “Ask a Lawyer” forum, which will be updated regularly with responses by lawyers from across Ontario.
Finally, we will be releasing videos of Direct and Cross Examinations of each witness from the R v Smalls case scenario. You can then use the evidence in these videos to craft your Closing Statement.
We are currently recording the videos with our lawyer volunteers, so check back here for more information shortly!
Bryn Rieger, OOCMT Project Leader
Timeline for the Challenge
March 21, 2022
Online portal opens for Opening statement submissions
Online discussion forums and ‘Ask a Lawyer’ forum open
April 25, 2022
Online portal closes for Opening statement submissions
Recorded witness examinations will be published online
Online portal opens for Closing statements
May 16, 2022
Online portal closes for Closing statement submissions