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Your First Civil Trial 9:35 am Opening and Closing Statements 11:15 am Use of Demonstrative Aids and Working with Experts
Friday, February 27, 2009 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm • Considerations for jury and non-jury cases • Demonstrative Aids
• Setting the theme and the tone – plaintiff and defendant - Rules and formalities respecting demonstrative evidence
Is your first civil trial approaching and you don’t know what to do? Is the • Know your audience, remember your audience - When are aids helpful, when are aids advocacy?
Simplified Procedure really simple? Perhaps your first trial was a complete
• Impressions – does the first five minutes make the case? - Do juries pay attention to aids? Do judges?
flop. Maybe you obtained a good result, but know that you can be better.
At this half-day program, prominent litigators will share their time-tested • Plaintiff – anticipating the defendant’s opening and theme • Working With Experts
strategies and practical advice on topics ranging from preparing your case • Defence – winning back the jury - Introducing your expert – the formalities
to the closing argument. Invaluable precedents, papers and checklists
• Know your own strengths, develop your own style - Optimizing the impact of your expert’s testimony
will be provided including a bibliography and summary of resources from
previous seminars. Tremendously popular in past years, this is the “don’t Connie Reeve, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Challenging your opponent’s expert
miss” program of 2009 for litigators and advocates. - The right expert for your case and for your client’s budget
10:05 am Use of Discovery Transcripts at Trial and Donald H. Rogers, QC, Rogers Partners
Co-Chairs: Joanna A. Carroll, Miller Thomson LLP Handling Objections
Chad Kopach, Blaney McMurtry LLP • Discoveries and Use of Transcripts 11:50 am Direct Examination and Cross Examination
- The formalities and “The Magic Words” • Witness preparation for direct and cross examination
9:00 am Introductory Remarks - The value of reading in evidence • Maintaining the theme through direct examination
- Preparing to impeach the witness • Simplifying difficult or complex fact scenarios
9:05 am Preparation for Trial - Anticipating changed testimony • Use of documents during direct and cross examination
• File handling from day one for a jury or non-jury trial • Handling and Making Objections • Direct and cross examination of experts
• The importance of developing the theme of your case - To object or not to object • Developing a game plan
• Comprehensive trial preparation list - Knowing the basis for objections • Knowing when to quit
• Witness interviews and preparation, expert and lay - Some case law as guidance Geoffrey D.E. Adair, QC, Adair Morse LLP
witnesses Michael W. Kerr, Miller Thomson LLP
• Requirements pursuant to the Evidence Act
12:20 pm Rule 76 – Trials, Summary Trials and Summary Judgments
• Offers to settle 10:35 am Break • Why do we call it “Simplified”?
Stephen R. Moore, Blaney McMurtry LLP
• Productions and how to get them before trial
10:45 am Bringing in the Law: • Making the best use of pre-trials
Strategic Written Argument (Writing to Win)
• Trials – how to conduct them efficiently
• Preparation of case briefs – how much law is too much?
• Summary trials – can you make them work for your clients?
• Preparation and use of trial factae
• Consider the summary judgment option
This program has been accredited by the Law Society of Upper • To move or not to move – the value of motions at trial - lower threshold facts and fictions
Canada towards the professional development requirement for
certification. Civil Litigation - 3.5 Hours • Effectively arguing / presenting the law – to judges, • Costs, costs, costs – beware!
Kelly J. Smith, Rogers Partners
• Can the law win or lose the case? Can the presentation of
the law win or lose the case?
This CLE program has been approved for a LAWPRO CLE 12:55 pm Closing Remarks
Premium Credit. To obtain your $50 LAWPRO insurance premi- David S. Young, Benson Percival LLP
um reduction, please visit their website:www.lawpro.ca/clecredit
1:00 pm Program Concludes
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