Live webinar June 26, 2024 at 9:00am EST
OR available video recording

  • Caryma Sa’d

3 hours


This course will delve into a detailed analysis of issues related to defamation within the framework of Small Claims Court in Ontario. It will focus on the nuances of defamation claims, exploring elements such as the identification of defamatory statements, how to draft proper pleadings, defenses against defamation allegations, and the procedural aspects of pursuing or defending against defamation cases. Special attention is paid to ethical considerations and overlap between defamation and hate speech.

  • Preliminary steps before taking action
  • Choosing Small Claims Court as a forum
  • Pleadings
    • Plaintiff’s Claim
    • Defence
    • Defendant’s Claim
  • Defences
    • Denial of defamatory sense
    • Justification
    • Fair comment
    • Qualified privilege
    • Responsible communication
  • Procedural steps
  • Trial
  • Ethical decision-making in the context of defamation

For Lawyers and Paralegals

  • Law Society of Ontario
    Substantive Hours: This program is eligible for up to 2.5 hours.
  • Professionalism hours: This program is eligible for 30 minutes of professionalism content.




  • Attendance at the live three hour webinar.
  • Access to the course materials.
  • Ability to watch the webinar until  December 31, 2025
Caryma Sa'd

Founder, Law Office of Caryma Sa’d

Caryma believes that the legal system ought to provide justice to the people it is meant to serve. A major component of her current work involves advocacy with respect to affordable housing and drug policy reform.

An educator at heart, Caryma is frequently called upon by the media as a trusted source for their news stories. Her cases and legal commentary have been featured by reputable media outlets including Associated Press, BNN Bloomberg, CBC, Canadian Lawyer, CityNews Toronto, CP24, CTV, Global Toronto, Globe and Mail, Law Times, Ming Pao, Sing Tao, StarMetro Vancouver, Toronto Star, TVO, Winnipeg Free Press, and VICE News.

Caryma articled at a top-tier Bay Street litigation boutique where she had the opportunity to work under the direct tutelage of some of Canada’s leading litigators. She was selected for a secondment to one of the Big Five banks.

Caryma graduated cum laude from the University of Ottawa in 2015. She was ranked 1st out of 265 students in English Common Law during her first year, and received several prizes for academic excellence. She was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in support of her Master’s research on the intersection between law, identity politics, and gender-based violence.

Prior to attending law school, Caryma interned with a prominent human rights organization in India. She wrote and illustrated a simplified guide to domestic violence legislation, which has since been circulated to thousands of at-risk women across the country.

In her spare time, Caryma likes to watch professional wrestling.