This five-day intensive training program for adjudicators is the first collaboration between the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode Professional Development of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. The program brings together SOAR’s peer-driven model of adjudicative education and Osgoode’s leadership in legal education to set a new standard for the delivery of education and training for administrative adjudicators in Ontario and beyond.
The Certificate Program in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals is an introductory program, which will meet the needs of relatively recent appointees to obtain a solid grounding in the goals and principles of the administrative justice system, while learning and practising practical adjudication skills. It will also provide an opportunity for more senior adjudicators to review best practices and explore evolving issues in adjudication. This program builds on the successes of the Adjudicator Training Course (ATC) offered by SOAR for many years, which has prepared hundreds of professionals to provide adjudicative services at a wide range of agencies, boards and tribunals.
The teaching and learning will be interactive and hands-on, with course registrants working with fact scenarios, problems and demonstrations to learn how to meet the legal requirements of administrative adjudication, while also offering efficient and effective public service. Participants will complete a decision-writing exercise, and the program will be capped off with a mock adjudication, enabling registrants to apply what they have learned during the week, while obtaining valuable individual feedback from recognized experts in this field. Completion of this program will prepare participants for the unique challenges of administrative adjudication, will build confidence, and will strengthen participants’ capacity to contribute effectively to their organizations.
Acquire an understanding of the key principles of administrative law
Learn how to run a hearing - from start to finish
Review the legal and practical requirements for administrative decisions
Explore the evolving challenges faced by administrative adjudicators
Discuss common challenges, and successful strategies, with
Gain insight from experienced adjudicators and leaders in
Plus! You will be able to apply and test your skills through a mock adjudication and practice decision-writing in a guided exercise.
You may also consider the non consecutive five-day certificate course:
May 10-14, 2021
August 23-27, 2021
December 7-10, 2021
You may also consider the non consecutive five-day certificate course, blended online and in-person:
January 25, February 8, March 1, 2021 Asynchronous
March 25 & 26, 2021 Interactive Live
September 20, October 4, October 25, 2021 Asynchronous
November 25 & 26, 2021 Interactive Live
Register or be placed on the waitlist through Osgoode Professional Development website
LOCATION: Online, until further notice
PRICE: $3295.00 plus HST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN through Osgoode PD.
A joint program of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and Osgoode Professional Development – the creators of acclaimed Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals – the Advanced Certificate in Adjudication will take your skills to the next level. The Advanced Certificate is designed to cover in-depth the key areas that experienced tribunal adjudicators have identified as essential to their professional development.
Advanced Certificate in Adjudication September 29 - November 24, 2021
Modules in Advanced Certificate in Adjudication, including:
Mediation for Adjudicators September 29, 2021
Managing Evidentiary Challenges October 13, 2021
Culturally Competent Adjudication October 27, 2021
Advanced Administrative and Regulatory Decision Making November 10, 2021
Effective Communication in the Hearing Room November 24, 2021
You must complete 5 full days within 2 years to earn the Advanced Certificate. The modular design of the Certificate – a mix of mandatory and elective modules – allows you to customize your learning and take programs in the precise areas that you need to develop.
Program Director - Pamela Chapman, Educator/Mediator/Arbitrator
Co-Chairs - Victoria Watkins, Osgoode PD and Heather Gibbs, SOAR President
Gail Geronimo, Program Lawyer