Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice

The recent evolution in the law of evidence is a vital topic for those interested in our legal system, whether a decision- maker, advocate, litigator, academic, teacher, student and or law-maker. In the past 25 years, the Supreme Court of Canada has ushered in a set of revolutionary changes to the rules of evidence in several areas, including witness competence, privilege, hearsay and similar act evidence. It has developed a “principled approach” designed to return evidence law to fundamental first principles while conforming to the normative commitments of the Charter. The conference will address how facts are established through rules of evidence in criminal cases and how evidence law impacts the legal system in family law mediation, administrative hearings, civil cases, public inquiries and commissions through innovative, comparative and theoretical perspectives.

  1. Evidence Truth And Certainty Assessing Truth In Our Evidentiary Systems

    The Honourable Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo, Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto, ON
    Professor France Houle, Faculty of Law, University of Montreal, 2012 Charles D Gonthier Fellowship Recipient, Montreal, QC

  2. The Final Frontier Principles Of Evidence and Administrative Justice

    Dean Lorne Sossin, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, ON
    Professor Nicolas Lambert, Faculty of Law, University of Moncton, Moncton, NB
    Kimberly Murray, Executive Director, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Winnipeg, MB
    David Wright, Chair, Law Society Tribunals, Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall, Toronto, ON

  3. It's Friday This Must Be Evidence

    Master Heather MacNaughton, Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
    The Honourable Justice Yves-Marie Morissette, Quebec Court of Appeal, Montreal, QC
    Professor Gary Edmond, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales,Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Aimee Craft, Public Interest Law Centre, Winnipeg, MB

  4. Ethical Principles and The Search For Truth Clash or Convergence

    The Honourable Justice Gladys Pardu, Superior Court of Justice, Toronto, ON
    The Honourable Justice Michael Code, Superior Court of Justice, Toronto, ON
    David Layton, Ritchie Sandford, Vancouver, BC
    Professor David Tanovich, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON

  5. Fundamental Or Ornamental? The Role Of Facts And Evidence In Charter Cases

    The Honourable Justice Georgina Jackson, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, CIAJ Vice President, Regina, SK
    Joseph Arvay, Arvay Finlay Barristers, and Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, ON
    Joseph Cheng, Counsel, Department of Justice Canada, Toronto, ON
    Ronalda Murphy, Counsel, Crown Law Office, Civil Law, Ministry of the Attorney General, Toronto, ON, and Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
    Sheila Tucker, Associate Counsel, Davis LLP, Vancouver, BC

  6. Will There Be Facts In 2025

    Beth Symes, LSM, CM, Symes Street Millard LLP, Toronto, ON

    The Honourable Judge Patrick Healy, Quebec Court, Montreal, QC

    Professor Alana Klein, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, QC

    Paul Schabas, Partner, Blakes, Toronto, ON