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COURT VISIT

ASSIGNMENT
By: Francois Lepage

THE COURT I VISITED

COURT I VISITED
I visited the
Ontario Court of
Justice in Oshawa
150 Bond St E,
Oshawa, ON L1G 0A2

COURTS
OBSERVED
Ontario Superior Court
Criminal Case
R vs Chin and Mclune
October 19 2015
Justice McKelvey
Criminal jury trial

Civil Court
Civil Case
Property settlement due to divorce
Plaintiff: 1 The Toronto-Dominion Bank
Defendant: 1 Wilson, Janice Elizabeth
Defendant: 2 Wilson, James Drysdale
Case number: CV-15-00092179-0000
Justice Mullins

ONTARIO SUPERIOR
COURT

PEOPLE OF THE COURT


A judge
The accused
Two lawyers
One witness
Two court reporters
Jury of twelve people
People who have come to observe the court
A bailiff

THE TONE
Very serious
Formal
The judge and lawyers were wearing long black robes
with a white colour, also known as tabs.
These are the traditional court gowns.
The rest of the court were wearing suits.
The court room was quiet
No one was speaking unless they were addressed.

PROCEDURE
When everyone walked in they all bowed to the Crown before being
seated.
When the court started people heard two knocks and everyone rose to let
the judge walk in.
Two knocks happen again and the jury members walked in.
The court called the first witness a police officer.
He had to put his hand on the bible and took the oath that will only tell
the truth to the court.
Both lawyers asked question to the police officer about the case.

EVIDENCE
The witness brought two written note books about the case.
1 hand written and 1 typed
The witness was shown a map and the witness used a laser pointer to
show where the accused was driving.

CASE
The accused was charged with drug trafficking.
He is accused of selling marijuana and cocaine
At the end of the proceeding the judge decided to book another day for
continuation.
The accused will return to trial in a couple of weeks
The accused is not in custody
His case is yet to be settled.

CASE
This case is a part of a large drug bust that started in June 2013.
The bust is called Project Wanipitee
They were delivering and selling cocaine, heroin, marijuana and guns as
well.
It has
145 charges
26 suspects

CIVIL
COURT

PEOPLE OF CIVIL COURT


No jury
2 lawyers
1 judge
1 bailiff
2 court reporters
Observers
Neither the plaintiffs nor the defendants were present in court.

THE TONE
Serious
The lawyers are wearing suits
The judge is wearing a traditional gown
The court room was silent
People did not speak unless they were spoken to.

PROCEDURE
When everyone walked in they all bowed to the crown before being
seated.
When the court started people heard two knocks and everyone rose to let
the judge walk in.
The lawyers stand and bow to the judge and do their opening statement.

CASE
Mr. and Ms. Wilson just got a divorce.
Ms. Wilson has won custody of their children
Mr. Wilson won the house.
The problem: The house only has Ms. Wilsons name on it
Mr. Wilson doesnt have the finances to pay the mortgage.
The divorce makes it worse
Both Mr. and Ms. Wilson are trying to find an agreement to pay the bank.

PERSONAL REFLECTION
By doing this assignment I went I court for the first time in my life. I thought it was
interesting since I could see what are some of the crimes that are going on in the
real world.
At the end of the civil trial Ive seen I have spoken to both of the lawyers to make
sure I did not miss any information for the project and they were happy to help me.
In total I have seen 4 cases for this project.
I went to court 3 times to see the trials and get the missing information.
I had a lot of fun on this assignment since it let the students go into court, see real
life cases and have their own opinion on the case they just heard.
I did a lot of work for this assignment by going to the court 3 times, staying and
listening to the cases, taking notes, touring the court, asking questions about the
case towards the lawyers and understanding the cases as well.

DIFFERENCES
Criminal Courts

Civil Courts

Jury

No jury

Deals with crime

Deals with

Murders

Property

Robbery

Damage

Assault

Injuries