Anatomy of a Trial - 2019
Author(s): Ontario Bar Association
Publication Date: April 2019
Format: shipped (hardcopy), download (PDF)

Don't miss out on the second year of this premier program! Join us for a comprehensive examination of the best techniques for conducting a jury trial. This year we dive deeper into the necessary skills and best practices required for success in the courtroom. Lawyers of all levels from the new litigator who has never conducted a trial, to the seasoned veteran, will benefit from this incredibly practical and valuable program.

You will learn how to handle documents, open and close to a jury, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and much more. A stellar faculty of trial judges from the Superior Court of Justice and experienced trial advocates will demonstrate these skills, and help you understand the tactical and strategic considerations that go into a trial. From demonstrations to debriefs, this program is a must for litigators of all levels, and trial experience. Join us to observe trial advocacy in action.


Audrey P. Ramsay, Blouin, Dunn LLP
Troy Lehman, Oatley Vigmond LLP
Lindsay Charles, McLeish Orlando


Tactics and Strategies that Impress the Trial Judge
The Honourable Jamie K. Trimble, Superior Court of Justice

Best Practice Tips For Pre-Trial Conferences - Defence Perspective
Van Krkachovski, McCague Borlack LLP

Pre-Trial Preparation Checklist
Barbara MacFarlane, Legate & Associates

LEFT Pre-Trial Memo Sample
Barbara MacFarlane, Legate & Associates

Ethical Preparation of a Witness Checklist
Erin Murray, Oatley Vigmond LLP

Tried & True: Avoiding Claims at Trial
Jennifer Ip, LAWPRO and Bronwyn Martin, Moodie, Mair, Walker Lawyers

Electronic Trials: Connecting the Jury to your Case
Joseph Obagi, Connolly Obagi LLP

Best Practices for Paperless Trials
Brent Arnold, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Fact Scenario


Aide Memoire

Witness List and Schedule

Plaintiff's Opening Statement - Do's and Don'ts
Jim Vigmond, Oatley Vigmond LLP

Opening Addresses by the Defence
Stephen R. Moore, Blaney McMurtry LLP

Cross-Examination of the Plaintiff
Todd J. McCarthy, Flaherty McCarthy LLP

Challenging the Admissibility of Expert Evidence Pertaining to the
Report of Steven Summerville, Tavern Standards Expert

Lori Visconti, Black Sutherland LLP

Very Brief and Basic Thoughts about Preparing Your Examination of an
Expert Witness

Sloan H. Mandel, Thomson Rogers

Steve Summerville Curriculum Vitae

Report of: Steven Summerville

Direct Examination of an Expert Witness
D. Joel Dick, Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP

Dr. Michael Ward CV

Dr. Michael Ward Report

Cross-Examination of Expert on Authoritative Literature
S. Wayne Morris and Raffaella Rullo, Student-At-Law Dutton Brock LLP

Tips for Keeping Your Jury Awake During Your Expert's Examination-

Heidi R. Brown, Bogoroch & Associates LLP

Jamie Catania CV

Larry Left Engineering Report

The Admissibility of Expert Accident Reconstruction Evidence
Shanti Barclay and Evan Argentino, Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP

Police Statement of Deceased Bar Manager

Hearsay Evidence
Kim McCartney, Aviva Canada Inc.

Top Tips for Conducting an Examination-in-Chief of an Expert Witness
Anita Varjacic and Colleen Mackeigan, Student-At-Law, Rogers
Partners LLP

Harrison Griffiths CV

Don Dark's Engineering Report

Cross Examination of an Expert Witness
Adam K. Wagman, Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP
D. Joel Dick, Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP

The So-Called Opinion Evidence Rule
Richard Halpern, Thomson Rogers

The Jury Closing on Behalf of the Defence
Sheldon Gilbert, Gilbert Kirby Stringer LLP

Decision re Landolfi v Fargione
Sheldon Gilbert, Gilbert Kirby Stringer LLP

Closing Arguments on Behalf of the Plaintiff in a Jury Trial
Richard Shekter, Shekter Dychtenberg LLP

The Jury Charge
Greg Abogado, Matthews Abogado LLP
Jim Davidson, Will Davidson LLP

Jury Charge Sample
Jim Davidson, Will Davidson LLP

Final Charge to Jury

The Collateral Benefits/Tort Interface:
Post-Verdict Considerations and the Impact of Cadieux & Carroll
Stephen Ross and Meryl Rodrigues, Rogers Partners LLP

What You Always Wanted to Know About Hearsay Evidence but Were Afraid to Ask
Alfred Kwinter, Singer Kwinter

Plaintiff's Examination in Chief
Richard Bogoroch and Alexandra Roman, Bogoroch & Associates LLP

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