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This two-day course introduces a method (a process and a template) for interpreting Acts, Regulations, bylaws, policies and contracts.  The method, based on the Supreme Court of Canada’s modern approach to interpretation, combines theory with practice and gives participants a sound foundation to tackle interpretation questions.  The course will include:  what you need to know before starting to interpret legislation; how to unravel complicated text; techniques to resolve different interpretation questions, and a template for tackling the interpretation of legislation.  (14 Education Credits)

Watch the Interpreting Legislation video here.

The objectives of this course are to:

  • introduce the modern method and template
  • build confidence in using the modern method and template
  • interpret legislative text using the modern method of interpretation
  • develop clear reasons for interpretation decisions linked to the template

Workshop Outcomes – Participants will take away:

  • a modern method template
  • tools aid in interpretation of legislation, policy and contracts
  • experience in analyzing and interpreting legislation
  • experience integrating a dependable process for interpretation designed to reach a defendable decision based on the legislation
  • confidence in making understandable and defendable interpretation decisions
  • a self-learning plan.

Recommended prior FOAJ Training:  Principles of Administrative Justice
$1,070 Members / $1,320.00 Non Members

Building on the basic Introduction to Administrative Justice course, this two-day workshop helps tribunal members to acquire the skills necessary to conduct hearings within the context of an administrative tribunal.  It will assist participants appreciate fair hearing principles; refresh the guidelines for admitting evidence; recognize issues that arise in hearings; conduct hearings more effectively; and gain confidence in conducting hearings within their tribunal context.  Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and group exercises, Day 1 of the workshop provides participants with the information and tools necessary to conduct fair and effective hearings.  On Day 2, the participants will practice their skills in mock hearings.  (14 Education Credits)

Workshop Purposes 

  • To provide a framework to conduct fair hearings.
  • To build skills for chairing hearings.

Workshop Outcomes 

  • tips to prepare and present  opening & closing comments
  • tips for dealing with hearing decorum and difficult parties
  • a process to deal with two common evidentiary concerns in a hearing
  • a process to handle common procedural matters in a hearing
  • techniques for dealing with self-represented parties
  • confidence in their skills to conduct a hearing.

Recommended prior FOAJ Training: Principles of Administrative Justice & Evidence
$1,070 Members / $1,320.00 Non Members

This one-day workshop focuses on how the tribunal processes and its practices impact the hearing calendar and the tribunal’s case load. How do you manage heavy case loads? Reduce hearing time? Balance client and budgetary demands? Deal with difficult clients? Improve settlement rates? Improve tribunal stakeholder relations? This course touches on all these items.  It includes tips and strategies for meeting case management challenges.  (7 Education Credits)

Workshop Purposes:

  • To apply a structured approach to designing or amending a case management system for a tribunal.
  • To troubleshoot case management issues for a tribunal.
  • To identify strategies to meet case management challenges.
  • To implement case management strategies to improve the tribunal case management system.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • tools to evaluate and enhance their case management processes and systems
  • confidence in troubleshooting case management challenges
  • a self-learning plan.

Recommended prior FOAJ Training:  Principles of Administrative Justice
$850 Members / $1,100 Non Members

This one-day workshop focuses on how the tribunal processes and its practices impact the hearing calendar and the tribunal’s case load. How do you manage heavy case loads? Reduce hearing time? Balance client and budgetary demands? Deal with difficult clients? Improve settlement rates? Improve tribunal stakeholder relations? This course touches on all these items.  It includes tips and strategies for meeting case management challenges.  (7 Education Credits)

Workshop Purposes:

  • To apply a structured approach to designing or amending a case management system for a tribunal.
  • To troubleshoot case management issues for a tribunal.
  • To identify strategies to meet case management challenges.
  • To implement case management strategies to improve the tribunal case management system.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • tools to evaluate and enhance their case management processes and systems
  • confidence in troubleshooting case management challenges
  • a self-learning plan.

Recommended prior FOAJ Training:  Principles of Administrative Justice
$850 Members / $1,100 Non Members

Principles of Administrative Justice is a two-day introductory or refresher course for administrative tribunal appointees, staff and advocates.  It is prepared and delivered by tribunal members.  This course is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of their broader role and responsibilities of tribunal members and tribunal processes. (14 Education Credits)

Watch the Principles of Administrative Justice video here.

Workshop Objectives – After this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the focus of administrative law
  • Distinguish procedures from content of administrative  decisions
  • List the three basic elements of the duty to be fair
  • List the potential elements of the right to know the case and reply,  and be able to recognize and discuss potential issues in fact situations
  • Describe the test for bias in administrative law
  • Describe the purpose of “he/she who hears the case must decide it,” and identify potential issues

Workshop Outcomes – Participants will take away:

  • 3 key principles of fairness
  • tools to naturalize consistency in applying fairness
  • experience in analyzing scenarios to identify fairness requirements
  • basic understanding of evidence and tools for admitting evidence
  • awareness of a dependable process for decision making designed to reach a logical decision based on the legislation and facts
  • tips and tools to examine written decisions
  • confidence in their role
  • a self-learning plan.

$1,070 Members / $1,320.00 Non Members

Building on the basic Introduction to Administrative Justice course, this two-day workshop helps tribunal members to acquire the skills necessary to conduct hearings within the context of an administrative tribunal.  It will assist participants appreciate fair hearing principles; refresh the guidelines for admitting evidence; recognize issues that arise in hearings; conduct hearings more effectively; and gain confidence in conducting hearings within their tribunal context.  Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and group exercises, Day 1 of the workshop provides participants with the information and tools necessary to conduct fair and effective hearings.  On Day 2, the participants will practice their skills in mock hearings.  (14 Education Credits)

Workshop Purposes 

  • To provide a framework to conduct fair hearings.
  • To build skills for chairing hearings.

Workshop Outcomes 

  • tips to prepare and present  opening & closing comments
  • tips for dealing with hearing decorum and difficult parties
  • a process to deal with two common evidentiary concerns in a hearing
  • a process to handle common procedural matters in a hearing
  • techniques for dealing with self-represented parties
  • confidence in their skills to conduct a hearing.

Recommended prior FOAJ Training: Principles of Administrative Justice & Evidence
$1,070 Members / $1,320.00 Non Members

Decision Writing is a two-day workshop building on the decision-writing module in the Introduction to Administrative Justice course.  The focus is to assist tribunal members to acquire writing skills directly relevant to them.  The workshop will help participants bring a reader oriented perspective to writing decisions; organize and revise decisions to enhance logic and flow; write clear, concise and coherent decisions; and gain confidence in decision writing within their tribunal context.  Participants will practice particular skills and techniques through focused writing exercises and by drafting or revising a decision.  They will receive feedback on their exercises from an instructor.  The workshop will include large and small group discussion and exercises. (14 Education Credits)

Watch the Decision Writing video here.

Workshop Purposes:

  • To develop the writing skills directly relevant to tribunal members and staff.
  • To bring a reader oriented perspective to writing decisions
  • To make written decisions readable, understandable and transparent.

Workshop Outcomes – Participants will take away:

  • tools to assess their audience
  • tips and a format to enhance logic in reasons
  • four basic tips to make their decisions easier to understand
  • tips about how much evidence and argument to include
  • resources to aide in writing clear decisions
  • stronger familiarity with your own writing style
  • personal feedback on their writing skills
  • confidence in writing decisions.

Recommended prior FOAJ Training:  Principles of Administrative Justice, Evidence, & Decision Making
$1,070 Members / $1,320.00 Non Members