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Jury Trials from the Masters

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.25
10 minutes
Substantive: 0.25
25 minutes
Diane Condo
Jordana Goldlist
David Humphrey Jr.
Michael Johnston
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
35 minutes
$99.00 plus tax
31st Annual Criminal Law Conference 2019
Includes Handouts

This panel of experienced jury lawyers will discuss: strategies for when to elect trial by jury; the legislative changes to selecting juries that came into effect on September 19, 2019 as part of Bill C-75; bringing pre-trial motions in the context of a jury trial, including challenges for cause and race-based challenges; additional considerations when your trial involves a jury; and advocacy tips in the context of jury trials. Professionalism topics include:

  • 1.4 Duty to act in good faith and avoid shart practice
  • 1.6 Duties related to advocacy (not to abuse the tribunal process, mislead the tribunal, need for full disclosure, etc.)
  • 1.16 Best practices for analyzing ethical dilemmas
  • 2.4 Recognizing and being sensitive to clients’ circumstances, special needs, and intellectual capacity
  • 4.1 Practising with civility
  • 4.2 Treating the court, opposing counsel, parties and others with courtesy and respect – in and out of the courtroom
  • 4.4 Encouraging respect for legal institutions or authorities
  • 6.1 Value of diversity and inclusion
  • 6.2 Understanding power and privilege, unconscious bias or cultural homophily
  • 6.3 Impact of daily verbal, behavioural and environmental indignities


Diane Condo

Jordana Goldlist

Jordana H. Goldlist attended York University on a full academic scholarship in 2000, and graduated in 2004, earning an Honours Degree in Philosophy on the Dean’s List. In 2007, she graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and became licensed to practise by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2008. Jordana began her legal career as a civil litigator, focused on corporate commercial disputes. She articled then worked as an associate at Landy Marr Kats LLP. Civil litigation taught her to strategize, but passion kept steering her towards criminal law. In 2010, Jordana joined Edward H. Royle Associates in what was then a new firm of only five lawyers. She was handed her first criminal case on day three at the firm: a client charged with importing half a kilogram of cocaine into Canada. Always a hustler, Jordana built a practice of her own while at the firm and in 2015, she left to open her own business: JHG Criminal Law. Her focus today is on high-risk criminal litigation: people charged with homicide offences, commercial drug crimes, firearm offences, and serious violence. Jordana is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Criminal Lawyers Association, Toronto Lawyers Association, and the Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights.

David Humphrey Jr.

Michael Johnston

After he obtained his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy from Queen’s University in 2006, Michael pursued his dream of becoming a lawyer at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law. He graduated with “Great Distinction” in 2009. Michael was fortunate to receive academic awards, including The Gabe Burkhart Memorial Award in Criminal Law, The Douglas Schmeiser Prize in Criminal Procedure and The Honourable David H. Wright Prize in Sentencing. Additionally, Michael has published numerous academic papers in various peer reviewed journals. After law school, Michael completed his articles of clerkship with Greenspan Humphrey Lavine in Toronto. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2010. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French. Michael is also a Founder and the current President of the Barristers for a Better Bytown.

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