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Common Procedural Motions: Tips and Tricks from the Bench and Bar

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.5
30 minutes
Substantive: 1.0
1 hour
Dorothy E. Charach
Andrew T. Graham
Michelle Stephenson
Ria Tzimas
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
90 minutes
$129.00 plus tax

This practical and helpful program will provide insight on what you need to know to bring and respond to common procedural motions in civil litigation.  

If you find yourself doing these motions often, or not enough, you might as well become experts in them!

Join us for an engaging panel discussion with a Superior Court Justice, an Associate Justice, and a Litigation Partner at McCarthy Tétrault covering:

  • Strategies for when to bring motions, when to consent, and when to oppose
  • What judges and associate judges are looking for from both parties
  • Dos and don’t of preparation and arguing the motion
  • Practice tips specific to motions such as pleadings motions, security for costs motions, refusals motions, and more
  • The importance of ethical advocacy, practising with civility and avoiding sharp practice
  • Dealing with self-represented litigants


Dorothy E. Charach

Associate Justice Andrew T. Graham

Associate Justice Andrew Graham is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia where he graduated from the University of King's College in 1979 and then completed his LL.B. at Dalhousie University in 1982.  After being called to the Bar in Ontario in 1985, he practiced primarily personal injury and insurance law at Benson Percival Brown. He has been an Instructor in the Advocacy and Civil Litigation sections of the Ontario Bar Admission Course.  During his last two years in practice, he also worked as a mediator.  

In June 2006, Associate Justice Graham was appointed to what was then the position of Master to preside over Civil matters in Toronto. Since 2010, he has also circuited to Brampton to conduct pre-trial conferences and motions. He is fluent in French and hears and conducts bilingual motions and pre-trial conferences. Many of his decisions have been reported in Carswell’s Practice Cases, the Ontario Reports and various other case law reports. He has been a regular speaker and panelist at continuing legal education programs presented by the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Advocates Society. He has also served as president of the Masters Association of Ontario.

Michelle Stephenson

Justice Ria Tzimas

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