Judgment Writing Seminar (2024 Edition)

Date: June 24-27, 2024
Price per person: N/A
Location: In Person: Montreal, QC


This annual seminar is designed to assist judges in improving their judgment-writing skills. The program includes lectures, discussions, and workshops that stress the nature of good prose, point-first writing and the special requirements and special challenges of judicial writing. Since the art of writing is a skill that, like all skills, can be improved only through practice, much of the instruction will center on written exercises and judgments. Please note that the number of available places is limited.

Each judge will be assigned an instructor who will read a sample of the judge’s writing prior to the seminar and will supervise the seminar discussions and workshops. The academic faculty members, most associated with major Canadian universities, have been chosen for their writing abilities as well as for their experience in teaching legal writing. The instructors work in collaboration with the teaching judges to conduct the workshops.

Bilingual program with simultaneous interpretation.

Judges who have participated in this seminar and then have gained some years of experience are encouraged to upgrade their skills by participating in the advanced program entitled “Mastering the Skill of Judgment Writing,” which takes place every two years.

Participation in this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.



  • The Honourable Justice Breese Davies, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • The Honourable Justice Marie-Josée Hogue, Court of Appeal of Quebec



Please contact the Project Manager of Judicial Programs, Vicki Gondek, CMP:
Tel.: 514-731-2855, extension 6
Email: vicki.gondek@ciaj-icaj.ca



  • Inability to attend may result in a registration being transferred to a colleague of the same organization up to 7 days before the Event. The request must be made in writing.
  • Cancellation incurs processing fees as follows: $100 for cancellations 30 days or more before the event and 50% of the registration fee for cancellations 7 days or more before the event. No refund will be extended for cancellations made less than 7 days before the event.