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Art and the Courts: Osgoode Hall and the McMurtry Gardens of Justice

Virtual tours available now Osgoode Hall, a National Historic Site of Canada, has been delighting visitors since the mid-19th century. The home of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice, nd the Law Society of Ontario, it is the hub of legal activity in downtown Toronto.  And beside it, the McMurtry […]

Courtroom & Classroom Visits Lesson Plans

These lesson plans can be used prior to a courthouse visit or a classroom visit from a justice sector professional. Strategies are provided for introducing students to the structure of the justice system in Ontario, as well as tips on courtroom etiquette and interacting with justice sector professionals.

Making the Case: Mock Hearing Toolkit

This OJEN Mock Hearings Toolkit has been developed to provide ideas and assistance to teachers or justice sector representatives thinking of coordinating a mock hearing (bail hearings, trials, sentencings, sentencing circles and appeals) for Ontario students. A student mock hearing is a simulation of a real court or administrative hearing, with students playing the roles […]

Elementary School Criminal Law Mock Sentencing Scenario: R. v. Potter and Weasley

Both Harry Potter and Ron Weasley are charged with taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. Ron is also charged separately with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. This scenario teaches elementary students in Grades 5 & 6 about the criminal justice system and deals with offences under the Criminal Code and with sentencing […]

Law and the Ontario Curriculum: Elementary Version (Kindergarten to Grade 8)

Integrating law and justice topics throughout the elementary curriculum. These grade-specific guides provide law-related curriculum expectations and suggested discussion points to engage students. Although intended for use by volunteers from the justice sector, teachers may wish to refer to this resource while planning for a Courtrooms & Classrooms visit.

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