Your Witness...The Ultimate Guide to Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings
Author(s): Ontario bar Association
Publication Date: February 2018
Format: shipped (hardcopy), download (PDF)

Witnesses are the heart of criminal proceedings and counsel rely upon them for compelling, persuasive evidence. Yet, with witnesses come complex issues, both practical and legal. People are infinitely varied in nature from too helpful to unhelpful and recanting. So, how do judges assess credibility and reliability? What legal issues surround eye-witnesses and unsavoury characters? From bail, to preliminary hearing, to trial, join us to hear our panels of experienced judges and counsel consider witness related issues in criminal proceedings within the context of our hallmark fact scenario and movie.


Lesley Pasquino, Guns and Gangs Initiatives, Crown Attorney's Office
Scott D. Bergman, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP
Michal A. Sokolski, Crown Attorney's Office (Niagara)


Witnesses at Bail Hearings Post-Antic: Practical Considerations for Counsel Climbing the Bail Ladder
Ian B. Kasper, Kapoor Barristers

Limitations on Cross-examining an Accused
Tori Nevin, Crown Attorney's Office

The Three Cases Every Practitioner Should Read on Bail: St. Cloud, Antic and Oland
The Honourable Steve Coroza, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
(Brampton, Central West)
Rohan Robinson, Crown Attorney's Office (Toronto - Guns and Gangs
Kristin Bailey, Hicks Adams LLP

Witnesses At Preliminary Hearings Section 540(7) Applications Post R. v Jordan
Kevin Kim, Articling Student Crown Attorney's Office

Ethical and Effective Witness Preparation
Anthony Moustacalis, Anthony Moustacalis and Associate

OBA Witness Competency Paper
Henry Limheng, Assistant Crown Attorney, Crown Attorney's Office (Niagara)

Testimonial Aids in the Criminal Context
Kanchan Dhanjal, Articling Student Crown Attorney's Office (Scarborough)

Applications in Sexual Assault Cases Under ss. 276 and 278
Maija Martin, Barrister

An Accused's Choice to Testify
Ashli Pinnock, John Struthers, Barrister and Solicitor

Preparing the Young and Vulnerable Witness
Cheryl Goodier, Crown Attorney's Office (Newmarket)

Children as Witnesses
Bhavandeep Sodhi, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP

A Review of the Law Pertaining to Vetrovec Witnesses
Joseph Hanna, Crown Attorney's Office

Eyewitness Misidentification - A Trip Down Memory Lane
Gurvir Gill, Student-at-Law, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP

The Arrest Call
Liam O'Connor, Rusonik, O'Connor, Robbins, Ross, Gorham & Angelini, LLP

Preparing Police Witnesses to Testify
Michael Ventola, Crown Attorneys Office

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